Longtime Newsweek employee reflects on magazine's relationship with Quad/Graphics
SUSSEX - A longtime employee of Newsweek is reflecting on the magazine company's relationship with Quad/Graphics.
The relationship began in 1977 when there was a strike at Newsweek's midwest printing plant and it couldn't handle a late breaking cover.
The director of printing called on Harry Quadracci, Quad/Graphics' founder. A blizzard forced the plane carrying the magazine layouts to land in Chicago. Panicked, Newsweek executives frantically called Quadracci, only to hear a calm report that he'd already sent a car through the blizzard to pick up the layouts.
Angelo Rivello, who was Newsweek's Senior VP of Distribution and World Wide Manufacturing, says that Quadracci was a brilliant mind.
"He (Quadracci) could have this ability to inspire people to do more than they ever could," remembers Rivello.
"I saw 34 printers go out of business, and Harry (Quadracci) would go from 0 to 2 billion."
Newsweek announced Thursday they are shifting their focus from print to digital. That announcement will have a minimal impact on Quad/Graphics.