WayzGoose 2016: WayzGoose STL Website Online

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The website for the 2016 WayzGoose in St. Louis has gone live.  Just like the past two years, the WayzGoose website is a subdomain of this main APA-Letterpress website.The site can be found by clicking here or by entering the URL:


It can also be found at the generic redirection of wayzgoose.apa-letterpress.com or clicking on the link in the left side bar of most of the content pages.

For historical purposes, the 2014 & 2015 WayzGoose websites can also still be found at the links in the left side bar of most of the content pages.

Loss of Another Long Time Member, James Grisenti

James Benjamin Grisenti, a life-long Denver resident, died of cancer Feb. 9. He was 84. He was born Dec. 6, 1931, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, the son of John B. and Annie C. Grisenti. Along with his wife, Claudia, Jim is survived by his two daughters, two sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren: Andreatta and Bruce Geerdes of Broomfield and their children, Georgia and Samuel; and Adrienne and Joshua Havey of Wheat Ridge and their children, Ruth, Josephine, Anna, Mary, and James. His sister Florence (Bob) Warren and numerous relatives also survive him. His parents and his sisters Violet Serravo and Ann Domenico preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Collier Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Horan & McConaty, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Interment will follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Please share memories at HoranCares.com.

Published in Denver Post on Feb. 14, 2016

See more at: James Benjamin Grisenti Obituary

Welcome New APA Members for 2016

I received the list of new members from our secretary/treasurer Cindy Iverson today, so let’s welcome our new and reinstated members:

582 – Tara Bryan
915 – Laura Bentley
916 – Jerry Grant/Sharon Koomler
917 – Kerri Cushman

918 – Heidi Chase
919 – Debbie Campbell
920 – Marie Overkirsch
921 – Matt Rieck

Also, congratulations to Heidi Chase, who has a fitting last name to be our “US Standard Type High” member (#918).

David Churchman Obituary…

DaveChurchmanDavid Curtis Churchman of Indianapolis, IN passed away Monday evening, 12/28/15. He was 82. He was born in Indianapolis, the second son to Michael Steele Bright Churchman and Luita (Lee) Churchman. David attended IPS 43 and IPS 84 and graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1951. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity and graduated from Purdue University in 1955 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Suma Cum Nada. Upon his graduation, Dave served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two years undertaking a survey of lands in Libya. He returned to Indianapolis in 1958 and began a career with M.S. Churchman Co., a family business. David married Charlene Rae Rockhill in 1961. They raised four children: Curt, Liz, Andrew and Matthew. All attended North Central High School and have degrees from IU and Purdue (Andrew!).

Dave worked for M.S. Churchman Co. his entire career eventually becoming President in 1977. M.S. Churchman Co. was liquidated in post-recessionary 1984.

A voracious reader and an impassioned collector, trader, (humble) aficionado, published author, dealer, dabbler, impresario – Dave had many and vast interests and pursued those with focused, bohemian glee in his post-business years. These interests (which invariably yielded collecting therein) ran far afield – cigar bands, fountain pen tips, drawer pulls, antique letter openers, philately, etc.  Yet his one lifelong passion was letterpress printing. It grabbed him as a Northside boy and after college, he fell hard. Letterpress printing was his joy and obsession for the past sixty years. Throughout his adult life he bought, sold, acquired and accumulated an ever-increasing collection and inventory of letterpress stock – type and cases, presses, cutters, trimmers, ephemeral hardware, tools, casters, specimen books, etc. Dave was known throughout the nation and internationally as an authoritative expert and trusted dealer of all things letterpress. He will be featured in an independent documentary film, Pressing On, which chronicles the current mini-renaissance in letterpress printing. His printing press shared the marquee in the 1992 Smithsonian Institution exhibit The Boy and His Press. The letterpress diaspora mourns his loss. Dave was a past member the Indianapolis Jaycees, the Indiana Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and a current member of the Junto of Indianapolis. He was a member of the Indianapolis Racquet Club where he regularly played rounds of his beloved tennis.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Churchman, his brother Michael Steele Churchman, Jr. of Philadelphia; his children, David Curtis Churchman, Jr., Elizabeth Dix, Andrew Steele Churchman, Matthew Rockhill Churchman and four grandsons.  And his cat, Mac.

Family and friends will gather on Sunday, January 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association

See more at: David Churchman Online Obituary

ChicaGoose 2015 Registration Is Open!


This annual event of the Amalgamated Printers’ Association is taking place in Chicago June 25th-28th this year and is open to both APA members and non-members. The Amalgamated Printers’ Association was organized in 1958 as a hobby printers group so that members could improve their skills, expand their knowledge and exchange samples of their letterpress work. Today it consists of both professional and amateur letterpress printers, with an emphasis on the exchange of members’ letterpress printing, information on sources of equipment and better printing practices.

This year’s lineup includes workshops at many incredible print facilities around the city, a look at Chicago’s important role in the history of printing and the opportunity to see where the vibrant, urban letterpress community is headed.

Check out the ChicaGoose 2015 website for all of the details and to download a registration form.

Please contact me at any time with questions. I look forward to sharing Chicago’s midwestern hospitality with you!

Jen Farrell, Starshaped Press
APA 749