Twenty Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall came down. I was living in Florida and had just recently taken over as editor of Quick Printing when the wall fell. That was a particularly emotional moment for me because I had lived several years in what had been dubbed the world’s largest ready-made prison camp. I’ll freely admit that I got a lump in my throat while watching the telecast of the wall being torn apart by joyous Berliners. I had walked along that wall which divided the city on countless occasions and had driven to and from work every day along the perimeter wire fence with its plowed death strip. I was living there when Russia invaded Czechoslovakia and frightened Berliners emptied store shelves while American and British tanks rushed to the city’s perimeters just in case. I didn’t know it 20 years ago, but the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. It was a monumental moment I will always remember. Why write about this sort of stuff in a printing-oriented blog? Because sometimes we need to remind ourselves that there are many monumental and mundane things that take place outside of our own industry and our own businesses that can affect us. PS: This week we also celebrate Veterans Day. Be sure to thank any veterans you know for their service to our country. They richly deserve it.