HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Despite ghastly predictions of thunderstorms and tornadoes, more than 50 people turned out for the Connecticut premiere of Linotype: The Film at the Mark Twain House & Museum Thursday night.
Schlesinger is “one of the preeminent scholars, and a former operator of, the Linotype machine,” said YJI alum Natalie Minor, who is Schlesinger’s granddaughter. She traveled from New York to attend the screening and help him introduce the film.
Minor, who now works at Facebook, said she likes to think that her career in communications honors her grandfather’s legacy in newspapers.
Schlesinger, who has a prominent role in the film, operated a Linotype machine for 35 years at The New York Times. He also wrote a biography of Ottmar Mergenthaler, the German immigrant who invented the Linotype machine, which revolutionized the printing industry and society itself.
He’s a delightful man and the crowd definitely loved meeting him and hearing what he had to say. We’re glad he could be with us and are grateful to Natalie’s parents, Laura and Craig Minor, for making it all happen.
Our wonderful audience also loved the movie, offering something rare at the end – applause. We’re so thankful they braved the elements and spent the evening with us.
An unforgettable evening. Thanks to YJI for their vision and support as well as their understanding that we must understand and value the past as we march into the future.