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DELPHOS, Ohio - Jan. 18, 2019 - PRLog -- Although I do not know or even know how to begin to count how many products Carl Core has printed throughout his life, but I am confident it had reached into the millions.

    When it comes to his printing presses, as a rough estimate, Aero Printing had to crank out 5,000 plus pages of not only the Art-to-Art Palette Journal, but also other printed products, including for the national children's program, Art-to-Art: Building Friendships Through Art (1986-2006).

    I cannot claim I have always been a 'faithful servant' to his company because when AAPJ initial print editions began creeping from 75 over 175 pages and requiring much larger presses to handle the press runs; Carl directed to me affiliations that could handle the job more effectively, in regards production line and cost. Nonetheless, I do know AAPJ's printed copies for all editions rolled off of Aero Printing's printing equipment first just like this edition.

   Graduating third in his class in 1960 graduate from Delphos, Ohio Jefferson High School, I had an on-going 'dig' with Carl. Don't know exactly how I phrased the words, but it went something like when we were in those technical talks of something can't be done and I knew it could be, I would say "I didn't realize there were only four in your graduation class." Still today, I can see his cheeks turning rosy and when I recall; my own being feels like one huge smile.

    Nonetheless, it was completely obvious to me Carl's passion was producing high quality printed products; in fact, for some thirty-five years. I certainly knew it because he could talk my language for someone that started earning my keep in the newspaper and commercial printing field. It has been said by others, "Carl always said it never felt like he worked a day in his life, he enjoyed every minute."

   Beyond the man the printer and his dry sense of humor, which I got, Carl was a softy when it comes to furry four-legged animal children. I felt we both shared this trait, including many same charities we gave without question. His life on Earth also brought him many other enjoyments from viewing National Hot Rod Association/NHRA drag racing as well as classic car showings. Traveling and the music of the 60s were much part of what he liked. I can also add he wasn't loss for words when my motor was running, but I surrendered with "What's it all about, Alfie?" and I would get a "about time. Now listen."

    As time went on, AAPJ drifted away from being heavily focused publishing in print. It entered the electronic-age and went on line, but still platforming a large portion of its content in hard copy presentation, but digitally distributed. As these changes occurred and as in the poem by Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken" – our pathways met only on occasion, but I was unaware of his two-year battle with brain cancer.

    Fortunately, Carl's Aero Printing is still has many of the original 'family' members which leads me to dedicate this inaugural Art-to-Art Palette Journal, Vol 1 No 1, Winter which will be mainly distributed digitally, but also in print in his name: Carl W. Core II (1942-2018).

    In closing, I think of three quotes which are not only fitting in life, but also for Carl.

    Joseph Conrad, {1857-1924} who was a Polish born British writer, sailor and explorer. "I don't like work, no man does, but I like what is in work, the chance to find yourself. Your own reality, for yourself, not for others, what no other man can ever know."

   Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician said, "Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." This quote was used in the Art-to-Art: Building Friendships Through Art first national show catalog.

    And I am in agreement with this quote by Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) who was an Alsatian theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher and physician. "One other thing stirs me when I look back at my youthful days, the fact that so many people gave me something or were something to me without knowing it."

In memory by Ben Rayman

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