58 Years and Going Strong
Henry Roy was working at a shoe store in Worcester, Mass., in 1950 when he got a call that would change his life. A friend of his ran the print shop at the nearby College of the Holy Cross, and he needed some help. He asked Roy if he'd like to give it a shot.
"I said, 'sure, I'd be glad to,' " he recalls.
So the 20-year-old Roy gave up a future in footwear and embarked on a career that would span almost six decades. Now approaching his 59th year at New England's oldest Catholic college, Henry Roy likely holds the record for the longest tenure as an in-plant manager.
"It's been a delight," enthuses Roy, who now oversees eight employees in the Graphic Arts Department. "It's been a labor of love. This is my second home."
It was this way almost from the beginning, Roy says, even when he was making just $36 a week there.
"I did like the work," he says. "I found it very easy to pick up."
This was fortunate because six months into the job his friend was drafted, and Roy found himself in charge of the mimeograph machine, the Spirit duplicator, the Multi 1250 and the Addressograph.
"I did a little bit of everything," he recalls.
He hired part-time student help at first, and by the end of the 50s he had a full-time assistant. The shop added some Army surplus equipment, like a camera, a cutter, a folder and a Multi 1850, and grew more versatile. Its mail volume grew too, so in 1961 Roy's wife Gertrude came on board as mail room supervisor.
"She worked 35 years with me, and those were my most memorable years," he declares. "It was a delight."
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited nearly 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.