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A Fond Farmers’ Almanac Farewell

A Fond Farmers’ Almanac Farewell

Yesterday we said goodbye to a long-time Farmers’ Almanac employee, Dick Plourde. Dick has been our graphic designer for over 20 years, and he has decided, upon putting the finishing touches on the 2016 Farmers’ Almanac, he would retire. Now that the edition is at the printers, we had to say our goodbyes.

Dick started working at our parent company, Geiger, in 1971. He worked in many capacities including pre-press, press, graphics, and then the Farmers’ Almanac. He was instrumental in helping us bring the book into the 21st century, taking care to design the contents within — the calendar pages, stories, and weather forecasts  — for our readers. Dick was also responsible for single-handedly designing our very first web site back in 1997 and bringing us a presence on this crazy thing called the World Wide Web.

Dick was one of the most easy-going, great-to-work-with team players and we enjoyed looking back on 44 years worth of fond memories, funny sayings, and happy times we shared with him.

Dick he has spent the last two months turning over files, notes and many trade secrets to our new graphic designer, Corinne Mockler, who has now grabbed the baton and hit the ground running.  But Dick will be greatly missed, and we wish him the very best as he embarks on this new journey in his life.

 

Photo: Managing Editor, Sandi Duncan, left, with Dick Plourde (center) and editor Peter Geiger at Monday night’s retirement celebration.

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