Melvin L. Arndt, #766, 1947-2024

Born prematurely to Tillie Ann and Melvin Arndt on September 8, 1947, their tiny son was definitely not the most beautiful baby. Given the circumstances, his mother jokingly nicknamed him “Cork.” To this day, that is how he has always been known to his extended family.

Mel passed away on January 15th, in the gentle care of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. We are grateful to them for their kindness and support. Mel is survived by his younger sister, Sue, and his loving companion, Shari. Mel was preceded in death by his parents; his younger brother, Bob; and his many “furbabies.”

Mel had the most curious mind of any person I’ve ever known. His interests and talents were those of a true Renaissance Man. He was a carpenter, photographer, specialty letterpress printer, computer builder and repairman, baker, cook, brewer, and gardener. He was an avid train collector and amateur railroad historian. He loved art and music and travel. His mind never stopped questioning, and his enthusiasm for knowledge and friendship were boundless. He loved children and looked forward to bringing them joy each Christmas as Santa.

Mel loved meeting and talking with people and obtained his HAM radio license in 1961 as WN8BYX and currently broadcast as W8QO. Mel was the current president of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, Chapter 142.

Some of Mel’s favorite years as a young man were spent as manager of Toledo’s iconic college bar, the Tabard Inn, back in his “psychedelic youth.” It was so much fun! From there, he moved on to significantly more responsible endeavors, working for NASA, in Cleveland. He later went on to assist with computerizing the plant and office operations of the Campbell Soup Company, in Defiance, OH, retiring in 2007. Never ready to actually retire, he started his own small independent printing company, Willowdell Press, in Toledo. He remained active in the Amalgamated Printers Association until the end.

Mel was a graduate of Whitmer High School, class of 1965, where he was a total science and math geek. After some time on the Engineering track at The University of Toledo, he decided the very structured life, in those days demanding a dress shirt and tie, was definitely not his style. He switched his major to Art. Mel specialized in photography, printmaking, stained glass and the crafting of fine furniture.

Active for decades in the German-American community in Toledo, Mel served as a past president of the German-American Festival Society, and treasurer of the German-American Festival. He was past president of the German Benevolent Association, the Bavarian Sports Club, and a longtime president of the Bayerischer Unteratützungs Verein. Proud of his heritage, Mel traveled numerous times to Germany. He particularly loved its people and its hearty food. He had been hoping for one more visit to Bavaria and that wish will be fulfilled.

Mel worked hard, played hard, enjoyed life, and shared so much love. He will be deeply missed. Sue and Shari invite you to join with other friends and family for a celebration of Mel’s life, honoring him on Sunday, February 18, from 2:00-6:00 pm at the Oak Shade Hall in the Chalet, 3624 Seaman Road, Oregon, OH.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or another charity of your choice.

Published by The Blade on Feb. 4, 2024.

2024 Initial Membership Roster Changes…

Happy New Year, and Welcome to 2024.

With the new year, there are the usual roster changes.
Below are the current changes:

Members Who Resigned or Were Removed:

#909: Brian Wood
#928: Emily Wismer
#943: Ethan Lipton

#952: Barbara Hennelly
#987: Larry Richling
#998: Jennie & Rory Bristol

Plus, we recently noted the death of long time member
Melvin Arndt, #766, this past Monday, January 15th.

New Members Joining Our Ranks in 2024:

#1008: Cara Jo Knapp
Knapp Design Co.
Denver, Colorado

#1010: Jon Raedeke
Montgomery Village, Maryland

#1012: Kari McDonald
Rockford, Illinois

#1009: Lauren Emeritz
Abstract Orange
Washington, DC

#1011: Jane Suchan
Bryant Press
Seattle, Washington

#1013: Laurie Kitzke
Hen Prints
Portland, Oregon

Former Member Being Reinstated:

#570: Jon Hinkel
The Tight Squeek Press
Duluth, Minnesota

Member Who Passed During 2023:

#813: Don Black [June]

APA Bundle Mailing Information for 2024

APA Bundle Submission Due By Dates for 2024
January 12th
April 12th
July 12th
October 11th
February 9th
May 10th
August 9th
November 8th
March 8th
June 7th
September 6th
December 6th

APA Bundles are mailed between the 10th and 15th of each month. In order to allow us time on the weekend to collate, pack, label, and seal the bundles, the 2024 Mail Due-By dates are listed above. Items arriving after these dates will be sent out in the following month’s bundle.

Your 2024 APA Mailer & Address:

T.H. Groves, 2024 APA Mailer
160 S Dewey Road
Dewey, AZ 86327-7099 USA
Contact the Mailer

R.I.P. Don Black…

Just saw this on the LetPress Listserve message base today:

“It’s with a heavy heart I post, with Ruth’s permission, that Don Black, one of my oldest letterpress friends, and mentor, passed peacefully June, 3 2023.

“I’ve known Don since 2001 or so, became good friends with him and his son Craig. We’d always call and trade stories and the most fun was poking political jabs at one another. Sorry Don, still couldn’t get Trudeau to leave Canada for you.

“In recent years since Craig’s passing Don would call me every couple weeks. We’d joke, talk shop, and throw the Maple Leafs under the bus. His was one of those names that would pop up on the phone, and no matter what, I’d stop and pick it up.

“Last year I started helping Don sell his prized collection from his private stash in his basement. I’m gonna miss hanging out with him and going through the cases. Not sure why he picked me to help him out with this, but super happy he did.

“If you have any old printers or old timers in your field, reach out, say hi, trade some stories, and have a laugh. Will miss his name popping up on my phone.

“I will post his services once I hear from Ruth and the family for anyone who would like to attend if they do a public service.

“Please share some stories and memories here I’d love to know how he got along with the rest of you!”

Tony Zanni