Yesterday was November 14, which is an especially sad day for me and most other West Virginians. It was that day in 1970 that a plane carrying the Marshall University football team, along with coaches and fans, crashed just short of the hillside runway in Huntington, WV. There were no survivors.
I landed at that airport the following week and have spent the last 41 years living in one way or another with the aftermath of that tragedy, as have those friends I met at Marshall. The school fielded a team of freshmen and walk-ons the following year and actually won a game. That was followed by years of futility with losing streaks and empty stands until things started to turn around. In the 1990s Marshall had the winningest football team in the country, won two national championships, and had a movie made about its journey from tragedy to triumph.
Then, as often happens, things got rough again for a few years and winning seasons were hard to come by. Now there is a glimmer of hope that a new coaching regime can turn the program around.
What has this got to do with printing? Nothing specifically. It has to do with the ebb and flow of life. In the past 40 years, we have all seen good times and bad times in our lives and our businesses. Neither lasts forever and it is good to remember that—no matter what time it might be.