Many readers are taking the opportunity to wish USGlass a happy 50th anniversary. Be sure to look to the August issue of USGlass on page 10 for more letters from readers.

A Message From the USGlass Founding Editor

I was the founding editor and publisher when the Flat Glass Jobbers Association (later the Flat Glass Marketing Association) entered a contract with Tom Birchfield and Jim Powell (both deceased) to publish the magazine as the official publication of FGJA, taking it from a digest size to a standard magazine size. That was in March of 1966, and the first issue was published in June, 1966.

A few years later, I bought out the former principals and continued to publish as FGJA’s official magazine. Soon thereafter, I renegotiated the contract with FGJA to become independent, and I published the magazine as the sole owner into the early ‘90s, when some stock was sold. The majority stake in the magazine was then sold in 1994.

If you’d like more info, just let me know. My congratulations on approaching 50 as most magazines don’t make it that far!

P.S.—Coincidentally, I just learned that W. J. “Bill” Birch, with whom I worked for many years as executive director of FMGA and later Association Services, died this past June 27 at 81. Bill and I were fortunate enough to be around for the 20th anniversary of USGlass magazine, and we both contributed articles in that special issue celebrating that momentous occasion.
John K. Lawo, Jr., President

More Letters From Readers

“Happy 50th anniversary to USGlass magazine. Kudos for keeping the architectural glass and metal industry well informed, educated and entertained over these past 50 years. It has been my privilege to read USGlass for the 40 years that I have been associated with our dynamic industry. May you continue to grow, prosper and offer tremendous value and insights to the industry you serve so well and that we all love for the next 50 years!”

– Eugene Negrin, president, Galaxy Glass & Stone

“I would like to congratulate the owner, editors, columnists and contributors of USGlass Magazine for the 50 years of excellent articles, insight and humor that they have brought to my attention every month. I have been reading USGlass for more years than I care to admit and I always appreciate the timely and informative information regarding our industry and the construction community as a whole. Here’s looking forward to the next 50 years of excellent coverage and contributions — I, for one, can’t wait!”

-Craig Carson, regional preconstruction manager, Alliance Glazing Technologies Inc.