Some Questions and Some Answers …  
b y L y l e R . H i l l  
am now old and wise … well, at  
least you gotta give me old … and reading your book, The Broken with the glass industry. I like them  
have been writing columns for US- Tomato®, which is a collection of some and don’t want you to stop, but I  
(from Phil W.) – I just finished USGlass have nothing at all to do  
Glass for more than 25 years. Over the of your stories. I was led to believe that don’t understand how you get away  
course of this time I’ve been asked a lot you have now written and published with non-related articles in a trade  
of questions about what I have written more than 250 original pieces. Do you magazine about glass. What gives???  
or, in some cases, said while speaking have a favorite or two???  
You know, Sam, I have wondered  
Yes I do.The first is Mr.Vitucchi and about this a couple of times myself.  
the second is The Interview. There The wonderful people at USGlass give  
at industry events. One of the most fre-  
quently asked questions is “why in the  
world do they print that junk you come are also a couple of others I particularly me a lot of freedom, and I appreciate  
up with?”I think the answer is pity, but like and there are also some I think are it. The quality of USGlass magazine is  
I’m not totally sure of this.At any rate,I pretty bad. Can’t win them all!  
quite a bit better than their competi-  
have decided to now publically respond  
to the comments and questions I hear  
the most. This, hopefully, will save me met a lot of people. Who impressed for something other than a glass-re-  
time in the future, and while it may or you the most and why were you lated article.Sometimes I am surprised  
(from Ed B.) – During your 50 tors, and so maybe they feel that they  
years in the glass business, you can afford to lose a page each month  
may not be of real interest to you, the impressed???  
myself at what I get away with.  
reader, I have decided to do it anyway.  
The questions are real. Here we go …  
First, it is 47 years and not 50.  
Shame on you! And yes, I met a  
(from Patrick O.) – I am a sales  
Qrep and I cover a lot of territory. I  
from Tom F.) – I once heard you lot of people, and not all of them were regularly see your articles pinned to  
say that in spite of the fact that good people. Some were absolute bulletin boards or sitting on some-  
your articles appear in three publica- snakes. However, the three people who one’s desk. I’m sure you must hear  
tions on a regular basis and you have most impressed me were the late Joe this from others as well and I hope  
been a featured author in several Kellman (Globe Glass & Mirror), the you feel good about it. So how long  
others, you don’t think of yourself as late Russ Ebeid (Guardian Industries), do you intend to keep writing???  
Not sure how much longer I can  
keep this act up.I ran out of creativ-  
ity some time ago, but apparently the  
long as it is, I guess I’ll stay at it. n  
I think the storytelling thing is part  
of my Irish heritage. As a kid, family  
gatherings always included stories to bother me, but after a while  
told by aunts and uncles and some- you’re just happy that some-  
times my father. It was the way they one read what you wrote and  
Yes, I get negative feedback  
from time to time. It used  
L y l e R . H i l l is the managing  
director of Keytech North America,  
a company providing research and  
technical services for the glass and  
metal industry. He also provides  
glass-related advice on  
Hill has more than 40 years’ experience in the  
glass and metal industry and can be reached  
at You can read his blog every  
other Monday at  
from Bob R.) – Is Johnny “The dental that I got started in the  
Mooch” Rago an actual person or writing thing as you call it back  
a figment of your imagination??? in the early 1990s. And I never  
He’s real.Very real, in fact, and one thought it would last this long.  
reacted to it. It was kinda acci-  
of the most fascinating people I  
(from Sam N.) – A lot of  
the articles you write for  
have ever known.  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | December 2017  

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