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Life's Event of the Millenium

By Dick Sheppard

Life magazine considers Johan Gutenberg's first press printing of the Bible to be the top event in it's "100 Events of the Millenium" list. Good God, that's darn high! Obviously, printers take a certain pride in this recognition, and as a "valued" member of the "Brusco Printing Dynasty" all I can say is, "huh?" I showed one of the old timers here at APT a copy of the article, which included a picture of that first press, and he exclaimed, "I ran that press!

Dick Acorn's Event of the Millenium

"Trumpets, please: My top event of the Millenium is the first time I trapped the wily beaver, December 1975. She lived across the street from Detective Boobs. We were "in Love" and nature took it's natural course (thank god!). Ironically, her father was a detective, and he was sore indeed when he spotted me leaving his humble abode breathing hard, tucking and my shirt into my pants, and generally beaming like the full Moon. Barry Manilow's "Mandy" was playing softly in the background during this Millennial event, can you believe it? The room lit only by the stereo dial, and the kisses were gentle and exploratory. I must say, I was a stud then, and damn it, I'm still the same. And the beaver, the beaver is wilier than ever. There is a "super genus" of the "beaver beavorous" family that just refuses to be trapped by a lowly Acorn. It's been a mighty long day indeed today.

Printing of the Bible?

Life's rationale is as follows: In 1455 there were fewer than 30,000 books in the world, by 1500, there were over 9 million. Life contends that "Gutenberg's efforts help to accelerate the Renaissance and fuel the Protestant Reformation. Without Gutenberg, the industrial and political revolutions of the succeeding centuries would never have taken place."

I've never read more than a few pages of the Big Book, but I would say that I'm glad we have BOTH a Bible and electricity. So in a sense, it wasn't just the printing of the Bible, per se, but the technological advance of movable type that earns printing this distinguished recognition.