In Search of Wayzgoose 2017 Location!

Representing the Denver letterpress community, Jason Wedekind has just advised me that they have elected not to host the Wayzgoose next year. At this point we still have an offer on the table from Mark Barbour to stage it at the International Printing Museum. It’s good to get to each coast now and then, but the midwest is America’s letterpress center of gravity, and gathering there will facilitate the maximum attendance.

Personally, I think Printers Hall in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is about as perfect a venue and location as we could ask for. There’s also a lot of letterpress happening in and around Madison, Wisconsin, including the huge shop Ky & Sara have put together in a big old former furniture store. Do we get to see that one of these years, hint hint?

So the window of opportunity is open, folks. Whither shall we convene next summer?

Sky Shipley
APA President

Hail and Farewell Gordon Rouze #602

Longtime APA member Gordon Rouze has advised that he’s decided to hangup the composing stick at last. His shop has been acquired by another person in the Houston letterpress community, and by request Gordon is being promoted to Tramp status in APA.

The resulting membership vacancy will be filled by the next applicant on the waiting list.

Hail and Farewell Gordon, we were honored to have you among us.

Sky Shipley
APA President

2017 Board of Directors Announced

By majority approval of the APA Board of Directors, the following candidates are hereby appointed to office effective January 1, 2017:

Vice President:
Sophomore Director:

Joe Warren, #648
Mark Barbour, #662
Lauri Taylor, #860
Jim Daggs, #695
Matt Kelsey, #838

Remaining as Junior and Senior Directors, respectively, are Lawrence Peterson, #878 and Greg Walters, #777.

Archivist is an appointed position with an “indefinite term” and unless we hear otherwise, good old David Kent, #599 will be continuing as such.

On behalf of all APA members, a sincere thank you to these volunteers.

Sky Shipley
APA President

Loss of Former Member: Frederick H. Gage #154

Thanks to George Chapman, #658, for catching this and letting us know:

SOUTH PARIS [Maine]– Frederick H. Gage, 90, passed away at the Maine Veteran’s Home in South Paris on Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born in Strong, Maine, September 28, 1925, the son of the late Leon and Florence (Luce) Gage. Frederick graduated from Strong High School in 1943 as his class valedictorian.

After graduating, he entered the United States Navy where he served 2 ½ years. He was a student at Boston University and graduated in 1950.

On September 3, 1949, Frederick married the love of his life, Carolyn Lois Mitchell, and they shared a loving marriage of almost 67 years.

He worked for the Wilton Times, and then he was the news and sports director for WLAM for many years. He was also the sports editor of the Lewiston Evening Journal and retired from the sports department of the Lewiston Sun Journal in 1990, but continued writing a horse racing column.

He was a longtime member of the National Amateur Press Association, serving as the only Maine president from 1992-1993.

He was also a member of UCT, Summit Springs Golf Course, and the Strong American Legion Johnson-Cox Post #78. In 1998, Frederick was inducted into the LA Sports Hall of Fame. Anyone who knew Freddie knew that he was an avid New York Yankees fan. In his spare time, he enjoyed his hobby as a printer and enjoyed spending time at camp with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Debra and her husband, John Neuschwanger, and Karen and her husband, Nelson Lavoie; grandchildren, Tara Neuschwanger and her partner, Eric Fickett, Kris Neuschwanger Labelle and her husband, Justin; step-grandchildren, Crystal Lavoie Johnson, Jeff Lavoie and his wife, Tanya, and numerous great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert and his wife Vincenta and Alden and his wife Lois.

Frederick’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at the Maine Veteran’s Home for their excellent care. Friends and family are invited to share their memories or offer their condolences by visiting Frederick’s online guestbook at

A Visitation will be held on Friday June 24, 2016 at Fortin/AUBURN from 2-4 pm. An in-house service and celebration of life will follow at 4:15 pm. A burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frederick’s memory to the Maine Veteran’s Home Activity Fund, 477 High St. South Paris, Maine, 04281, or to the Strong Alumni Association Scholarship Fund c/o Delbert Reed, 14 Brookside Lane, Freeman Township, Maine, 04983.