The "white album." Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bobby Kennedy. U.S.S. Pueblo. Nixon, Humphrey, Wallace. Black Power. Broadway Joe Namath. Apollo. Planet of the Apes. Hippies. Hair. Biafra. Elvis' "come back." The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
For me those were important times. Heady times for a 10-year-old starting to be aware of what was
happening on the radio and television, starting to look around and see how things worked.
People. Events. Life. Thought I'd always love a brown '68 Mustang. My first cross-country trip with my dad to Mexico made me realize I was lucky.
As my life was changing and being shaped by events, I could see the same thing happening around me. When you're 10, the world’s big and wide open and heroes are for the picking. Being 10 was cool. Especially the Stingray bike.
This talk of 10-year-olds is leading somewhere. Today, sometime in the fall of 1993, AIGA/Boston is 10 years old.
Back in '83 when a lot of folks were watching M*A*S*H or wondering about the invasion of Grenada, the following people were signing our chapter, and for lack of a better term, giving birth to a new entity: John Lees, Marla Schay, Stephen Korbet, Jacqueline Casey, Nancy Skolos, James MacGregor, Jack Foley, Douglass Scott, Jeffrey Dawson, Dietmar Winkler, Coco Raynes, Larry Long, Peter Lawrence, Paul Souza, Gene Mackles, Tom Sumida, Chris Pullman, Gail Zimmerman, Susan Watzman, Elizabeth Heitsman, Joseph Moore, Stephen Logowitz, Diane Jaroch, Celia Wilson, Silvian Stiner, Frank Glickman, Herb Rogalski, Ralph Lapham, Bob Lasiter.
Since that time, our chapter has been shaped by those and others who have come and gone, all with the same goal: to advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force.
For me, this idea of past, present and future came full circle in June of this year. Then, I sat in attendance at A Symposium on the Life, Times, and Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy at the JFK Library. Twenty-five years after his death, I took notes on a compassionate, committed and impatient public servant who was trying to better the world around him Bobby Kennedy, sum of his past, bridged the old and new and knew of what he spoke: "The future isn’t a gift. It's an achievement."
Let's see how far we can take this 10-year-old and advance excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force in the next decade. See you in 2003.
[The above was written for the quarterly newsletter for the Boston Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.]