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“Lyle Hill”

Natural Causes

So the phone rang ten days ago, and the caller had such an amazing tale that it would be hard for most people to believe—but not for those of us in the glass industry. Given that most of you know the caller quite well, you probably won’t have too much trouble believing it either: Me: Deb Levy, may I help you? Him: Deb, it’s Lyle, sorry to bother you, but I need to talk to you about the next deadline. Now, all editors who have worked with writers and bloggers for a long time know that the phrase “I need to talk to you about the next deadline” usually means… Read More »

Saying it isn’t So

The caller on the phone sounded exasperated. I just wasn’t giving him what he wanted and we both knew it. He had tried several times and in different ways to get me to go in the direction he wanted to pursue. But I was trying to have none of it. “Okay,” he said with a long sigh, “let’s try it this way. Let’s say, hypothetically, there was a glass shortage, what would the possible cause of such a shortage be?” Ah, I thought, there it is—the hypothetical question. Reporters love ‘em, politicians run from them and I well, okay, sure, I’ll bite. “Well when there is a glass shortage, and… Read More »

Quiet Victories

It happened on January 22 ever so quietly, with barely a whimper so no one would notice. But we noticed. Yes, the glass industry noticed and reacted with a mixture of joy and relief, proving that quiet victories can be the most satisfying of all. The occasion of that industry-wide sigh-of-relief was the announcement by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers that its working group and then full committee had voted to withdraw the dreaded proposal, the 189.1 Addendum, which would have severely limited the amount of glass that could be put into a building. (For more information, see “The Battle for the Wall,” USGlass, April 2013.)… Read More »

Prayers Most Welcome

Lyle and his oldest grandchild Jack, looking for gold last week.

This is the hardest blog I have ever had to write and one of the toughest things I have ever had to announce. There is really no way to make bad news any better than it is, so I will just tell you. Our dear friend and USGlass magazine columnist Lyle Hill has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. He knew something was wrong because, in less than seven weeks, a small nodule inside his left cheek had grown into a large mass upon the left side of his neck. Luckily, he was on it right away and had sought diagnosis and treatment early. It is a very… Read More »

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