From "The Memoirs, Chapter Ten" -
Then our friend Cara Landry, up at the Napa Valley Theater Company,
bought herself a Getstetner machine (!), the latest technology in
cheap printing for small organizations like, well, theaters.
And she was going to print her posters and programs and such.
Well, I think it was a bit of a hassle and kept making a big mess
and wasting lots of paper and getting everybody inky, so she said,
Hey Bill, I got this great new Getstetner machine, and like, I'll
give it to you if you'll, well, print some posters and such for me,
I thought it was wonderful! My own Getstetner machine!
Well, we went right to work printing all kinds of important
And I started trying to figure out how it worked.
Seems I could take a color photograph to a place in San Francisco
and have it "color-separated," into cyan, magenta, yellow and
then take the four separations to another place and have a
Getstetner stencil cut for each color and then bring them back to
the studio and with the Getstetner machine we could push cyan ink through
the cyan stencil, and then change the stencil and run the paper
again and push magenta ink through the magenta stencil and then
change the stencil and, well you get it.
And I could print my own full color art works. I quickly did
an improved "garage sale" with one of my favorites, Sofia Loren,
IN LIVING COLOR! That kind
I was doing a lot of Pat Nixon images at that
time so it was a natural to print a lovely black and white of the
Russell's friend Chester Howard was then working at the S.F. Chronicle
and would bring me photos off the wire services. Many came over
the wires in four-color separations, ready for the newspaper to print.
I was especially pleased with all the colorful flowers Pat had planted
in the White House gardens.
And I did one
of Richard Nixon and the two Nixon daughters entering the hospital to
visit Pat, who was there with some sort of ailment. It would later
be a mural on the side of our AAA Studios on Fourteenth Street.
Perfect timing for Queen Elizabeth's 25th Jubilee!
I used the Getstetner to pay homage to all my
favorite artists, like, below, Chirsto's "Running Fence," Sonoma
County, California, 1976.
Artist Kevin Rooney's "Bookends," Santa Cruz,
And our other famous artist, Billy King, came by
and loved the Getstetner machine, of course, and said, Hey,
let me do one! I said, sure, Billy, what do you want to print?
Here, this'll knock 'em dead, he said.
That's him on top.
Of course, it made a big mess and wasted lots of paper and got
everybody all inky, but hell, we loved it and would print lots of
stuff for many years on that old Getstetner machine.
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