How I'm not spending my summer.
In past years, this task has been compounded by its proximity to Clemson University's Nonwovens Forum, an introductory course to the industry at which the editor of NONWOVENS INDUSTRY has traditionally given a presentation. This forum is usually held the last week of June, which happens to be when this issue goes to press. The challenges presented by this are two-fold. Not only has it made the Buyers' Guide deadline more stringent-the issue has to be put to bed before I leave for South Carolina--I've also had to juggle it with preparation for my presentation.
This year, however, the Clemson Nonwovens Forum, for a variety of reasons, is not being held the last weekend in June. I must admit, in many respects, it has been nice not to have to worry about the trip and the speech as I put the Buyers' Guide together.
Still, something's missing. This is the first time in 34 years that the industry--newcomers and veterans alike--has not congregated in the Clemson heat to learn about nonwovens by day and enjoy a shrimp boil on Lake Hartwell at night. Professor Ed Vaughn will not give his annual review (complete with props) of new nonwovens products and Tom Holliday won't give his talk on marketing techniques of nonwoven products.
Many of the speakers have visited Clemson every June for decades, giving their spiels and meeting up with old friends. I'm sure they feel the absence of this event much more profoundly than this editor who has only joined the fun for the past two years. I hope to make my third trip to Clemson soon.