Volume 38, Issue 3, March 2003

Issue@ Hand
a message from the publisher

Writers I Love

Our columnists are the unsung heroes of USGlass. I was reminded of that recently when Bob Lawrence wrote that the December issue was his “last regular column.” Calls, faxes, e-mails and letters poured in (see Dear USG) asking Bob to say it isn’t so. 

Well, first let me say it isn’t so. Bob Lawrence is continuing as a columnist. The key to the sentence in his column was the word “regular.” Bob is taking a few months off from his regular column, but will be back with his thoughts and opinions in early summer. He just needed a break from the regular grind—and as much as I like to think that all the columnists spend every waking minute pondering what to say to USGlass readers and how to say it, I know they also have their day jobs—their own businesses to run.

Each columnist has his own style too. Bob will deliver a forceful article ready for us to run, anxious to get it into your hands. I often hear from Dez Farnady very early on a Saturday morning—when he may provide two or three columns at a pop. (I don’t know why, but I just picture him toasting each one as he finishes it.) In contrast, our last-page author, Lyle Hill, almost always uses every second up to deadline (OK, and sometimes even beyond) to craft his page … with especially well-crafted results. I especially enjoyed reading the fictional dialogue—until Lyle told me that people really talk like that in Chicago.

And then there is Max Perilstein, who holds a special place in my heart because (and I don’t think he’ll mind if I tell you this), Max was a journalism major in college. So he is one of the few other people in the world who has combined journalism and glass together for a livelihood and lived to tell about it. 

Space this month doesn’t permit me to name all the columnists, but they should know I think the world of them—couldn’t choose among them, and offer them each a big thank you.
That’s why it pains me to see dissension among their ranks. It hurts them and hurts us. The Hill-Perilstein feud must end (see page 64 in the January 2003 issue and "From the Fabricator" this month). I hope for a swift resolution. Max, chill out. Lyle, buy some aluminum, and then everyone go back to writing—and to their work, of course. 

Debra Levy


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