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January 2013

100 Proof

As a fellow member of the glass industry, I am guessing that you get a ton of questions about glass from family, friends and even acquaintances who seek you out at everything from cocktail parties to kids’ soccer games, looking for the answers to their questions about glass. Though the approaches may differ and the actual questions vary, they are all singular in purpose. I have found they all want just one thing; they want proof. Consider the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., which put a Christmastime break in the collective heart of this country. I am sure you heard the reports the gunman had broken through the glass door’s sidelite… Read More »

Be It Resolved

I had a bunch of them this year, in all different areas and I was determined to fulfill everyone. I planned them–or should I say I planned my behavior to meet them–but it was only January 7 and my first New Year’s resolution had already gone astray. The resolution in question was the one in which I internally resolved that the first blog of the year would be a two-parter and, more importantly, when I planned something like that, I would stick to it. It was to focus on the top glass-related stories of 2012, and it did. You can see it here. But then it was to be followed… Read More »


I didn’t know Brian Baker of Willamette, Ill., but I wish I had. I hope he and his family don’t think me rude for writing about him just a few weeks after his death, but I feel compelled to do so. You see, Brian Baker had accomplished quite a bit in his 58 years. He was the president and founder of Vestor Capital in Chicago. He held undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance from Georgetown University and a law degree from Notre Dame University. His talent must have been widely recognized because he also served on a number of boards and voluntary committees including the Dairymen’s Inc., Regina Dominican High… Read More »

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