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 Glass.com.
Hill has more than 40 years’ experience in the
glass and metal industry and can be reached
at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read his blog every
other Monday at lyleblog.usglassmag.com.
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