Commentary A light goes out… “There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.” – Isaac Asimov “I type crappy,” Doug Fratz announced once at a CSPA Aerosol Division Committee meeting, one of scores I’ve attended and no doubt one of hundreds or thousands he had attended over the years. “You type crappily,” I corrected. “You want to use an adverb in that sentence.” “Ah, yes,” he rejoined dryly. “Thank goodness for the editors.” That is one of my fondest memories of CSPA Senior Science Fellow Doug Fratz, whom I have known for my entire tenure as Editor of SPRAY (pushing 10 years), and believe me, I have many memories. Doug would call me to talk about his Pressure Points column in the magazine and we would spend five minutes discussing the column and another 40 minutes chatting about Science Fiction. We developed several interesting, dare I say provocative, theories on why zombies had gained such stature in contemporary pop culture and literature. We didn’t get the appeal, but enjoyed pondering the sociological fine points of the phenomenon. He would also tell me about his minor adventures with Sci-Fi legend Isaac Asimov. Doug didn’t just meet Asimov, he knew Asimov. Doug was the real deal. Doug’s passion for Sci-Fi predates his passion for aerosols with his founding of Sci-Fi journal Thrust in 1973 (renamed Quantum in 1990). The magazine earned him five Hugo award nominations. Throughout his adult life he was a Science Fiction publisher, editor and book reviewer who was active in the Sci-Fi community until his death, most recently writing book reviews for the New York Review of Science Fiction and appearing as a presenter at Sci-Fi conventions. He encouraged me to get back to my original interests of supernatural, horror and American Literature and six months later I had my first book review published in The Edgar Allan Poe Review. Without Doug as an example and low-key cheerleader, I wouldn’t have bothered. He showed me that you’re never too busy or mentally fatigued by your “real work” to engage in your passions. The last time I saw Doug was at the inaugural New York Aerosol & Dispensing Forum on Sept. 13, just two short weeks before he passed away suddenly on Sept. 27. He was, naturally, presenting on “Regulatory Advancements” but took the time to visit the SPRAY booth. We talked about how much air fare cost between Washington, DC and New York City, and he mentioned taking an air bus in the 1980s for $69. “You paid after you took your seat!” he exclaimed. I later followed him down the corridor to get a candid photo of him with a croissant in his hand, which is now on my bulletin board in my office. Doug had been a friend to SPRAY since I can remember and someone I very much admired. He was a constant at every meeting and always seemed happy to see our staff. The aerosol industry will not be the same without him, nor will all the meetings, cocktail hours and CSPA events. I will miss his Maryland accent, his yearnings for the metric system in the U.S. and his learned approach to the workings of the world. Thanks for everything, Doug. Read more on Doug Fratz on P. 10 6 Spray November 2016 SPRAYTechnology & Marketing Cynthia Hundley Publisher email@example.com Ava Caridad Editorial Director firstname.lastname@example.org Christen Harm Assistant Editor email@example.com Montfort A. Johnsen Technical Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Susan Carver Vice President, Administration email@example.com Doug Bacile National Sales Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Donald Farrell Production email@example.com Joy Cunningham Reader Service Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Circulation email@example.com Member: CAPCO Volume 26, No. 11 November, 2016 Industry Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. No part may be reprinted without written permission from the Publisher. Spray Technology & Marketing (ISSN No.1055-2340) is published monthly by Industry Publications, Inc. Correspondence for editorial, advertising and circulation to: 140 Littleton Road, Suite 320, Parsippany, NJ 07054 Phone: 973-331-9545 • Fax: 973-331-9547 Subscription inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Internet: spraytm.com, twitter.com/SprayTechnology Periodical postage paid at Parsippany, NJ and at additional mailing office. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Spray Technology & Marketing, 3621 Hill Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Subscription rates: U.S. 1-year $50.00; Canada & Mexico 1-year $60.00. Airmail Rates to foreign countries: $130.00/yr. Single copies of current issues: $12.00. Directory Issue (Buyers Guide) $27.00 (includes shipping). Missing issues: Claims for missing issues must be made within three months of the date of the issue. Printed in the U.S.A. Industry Publications, Inc. also publishes Indoor Comfort Marketing The opinions expressed in this publication are not intended to be, nor should they be interpreted as, a replacement for professional,Editorial Director legal advice.
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