Fandeck of Features

Saying Goodbye to Old Friends

Erick Gatcomb looks back, then forward. Here’s looking at you, Erick.
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By Erick T. Gatcomb, Contributing Writer

Opportunities and challenges as we move ahead.

Four contractors adapt to changes in the market.
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By Diane Walsh, Shurtech Brands

Roger Coulter of Round Lake, IL

Painter Roger Coulter of RWC Interiors has an interesting history—and a more interesting future.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Annual event features new tools and TV celebrities.

A visit to Festool’s annual event, plus a preview of its new equipment.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Palette of Departments

Maybe Some Other Time

Going out like Beethoven.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Exit Stage Left (With Dignity)

Quit like a pro.
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By "Doctor" Phil Bernstein, Contributing Writer

Thank You: Now Easier Than Ever

The power of Thank You—in an app!
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By Kevin Dunn, Marketing Coordinator, M4Pros

IPG Masking Tape

Featuring products from Intertape.

sponsored by Intertape Polymer Group
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By Brandon Paas, Intertape Polymer Group

By Jerry Rabushka,

By Jerry Rabushka

Maybe Some Other Time…

Years back our city’s classical music station made a midnight move and sold itself out from under its loyal listeners. I’m not even sure the staff knew of it until it had been sold, signed, and sealed. There was a lot of hollering of betrayal and the like, but things change and after over 50 years of Bach and Mozart it was going off the air one night at 10:00 and returning the next day at 6:00 a.m as Christian Contemporary.

On its last day, I was listening to see how they would handle it. They brought in personalities who were friends of the station for interviews, played some popular pieces, and were set to sign off at the appointed and anointed 10 p.m. They put on a recording of Beethoven’s 9th, which for many people still holds its place as the finest piece of Western music ever composed. But what would they say afterwards? I waited to hear, and they said the classiest thing they could: nothing.

There’s a new classical station in town, and I listen even though the reception doesn’t seem to be as strong. In our absence, I hope you will avail yourself of other fine magazines and resources to keep up, maybe you’ll see me back in the industry sooner or later. Going out of business due to advances in digital technology isn’t new—I was just reading about the Pony Express succumbing to the much cheaper and faster telegraph in 1861.

I’m sure I’d have a mustache full of beer and a stein full of tears, if only I could stand to drink it. I had my first sip of beer at age seven and that was enough to turn me off for life. So…at least there’s chocolate. All that said, we’ve still got a Paint Contractor full of useful and entertaining content—this being our last issue, we wanted to go out classy and take our last chance to profile a great painter and help you into a new year even if we can’t follow.

As much as I will miss this and the many awesome people I’ve met along the way, there’s a part of me that’s glad I’m being thrust out into a new world to see what happens from here. I’m not sure my bank account is as excited as I am, but perhaps we’ll find a way to reconcile our differences.

I’ll bring up Erick Gatcomb again, because he’s been a sounding board helping me deal with whatever the future holds: “Don’t see this as a failure; see it as 27 years of success. So many businesses don’t make it that far,” he consoled. If we’ve helped you out in some way, made a difference in your life, helped you place an article, sell a product, get more work, figure out what’s the right brush or roller, or put a smile on your face with some bad joke or other, then our mission was accomplished. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these 27, it’s that success doesn’t equal happiness so much as happiness equals success.

Also, special thanks to writers Josh Bohm and Miranda Lipton for taking some of the load off these last couple years.

I can’t play a symphony here, but I can share a favorite Beethoven quote:

“To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”

Any parting words? How about: please be kind to each other.

As for tomorrow, everything guaranteed is printed below:



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