See the girl -- or, rather, young lady, at the bottom of this entry? Allow me to get personal for a minute, and I'll explain why her photo is in the blog. Back when I started at Plastics News in 1991, I had two young daughters and my wife was pregnant with a third. We had a busy year -- new job, a move to Ohio, and then my first NPE show in Chicago. PN did show dailies, of course. It was a fun, but busy, week. Plastics News was just two years old. I think that show -- and those dailies -- helped cement our role as an industry leader. A lot of the people on our team back at NPE '91 are still playing key roles at NPE2009 -- Tony Eagan, Bob Grace, Linda Whelan, Ron Shinn, Bill Bregar, Lisa Sarkis, Jeannie Reall, Mike Lauzon, and our cartoonist Rich Williams. Not to mention Joe Wilssens, the professional photographer who has been shooting NPE shows for us since '91. Those of you who come to NPE know that PN has energetic young men and women pass out our issues at the show. Three years ago my two older daughters were part of the team. They loved it. This year my youngest daughter is on the distribution team, with two of her friends from Ohio, and lots of other terrific kids. You see them everywhere, dressed in tie-dyed T-shirts, passing out our dailies. The young lady in the photo? That's my daughter -- the one who wasn't even born yet when I started at PN in 1991. And now here she is working at the 2009 show. Time flies.
Tempus fugit at NPE
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