JOHN MONTGOMERY: Looking back on my days with the Pioneer

TO THE EDITOR:

I came to Big Rapids in 1970 to teach a marketing and advertising classes at Ferris State University. I had previously worked in Chicago as a production artist for Montgomery Ward.

I always was involved in freelance work all through my career. After coming to Big Rapids, I was contacted by Jack Batdorff, who introduced me to Harry Bouden, then the director of the commercial printing division of the Pioneer Press. I made myself available for any type of design work that Harry needed – logos, letterheads, package design, etc. We must have collaborated on more than 100 logos and designs for local businesses. I used many of them as visual aids in my classes. It was real stuff being created right under the student’s noses; made it seem more real and worldly.

I have some great memories of working with Jack and Harry in those years from 1970 to the 1980s. It was fun working with those guys. We were an awesome team.

The Pioneer has a rich history in the areas of print and production. Often executed by the seat of our pants, we made it happen, one way or another.

JOHN MONTGOMERY

Former graphic artist, retired 2002, FSU

 

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