In the middle of 1996, I was driving Chris Gulker and Bahman Dara â€“ fellow Apple employees â€“ to their hotel after just visiting the new Fairfax Chullora printing plant.
Having spent hundreds of millions of dollars on very large presses, collators and distribution systems â€“ Fairfax were having difficulty in keeping colour consistent in their advertisements. For instance, a green tinged advertisement for meat at Coles would not generate sales. The CMYK to newsprint is a tricky business.
It was not the colour problem that Chris Gulker mentioned. It was the rise of the Internet â€“ and the impact the internet would have on the printing presses. At this time, Avrilâ€™s The Definitive Christian Slater web site was getting reasonable page visits. Using the for-work of Chris, and Dave Winer, I embraced Frontier for the Fairfax@Atlanta web site.
Chrisâ€™ comments, and followup discussion when I visited 1 Infinite Loop (as an Adobe employee in late 1998) definitely changed my outlook on the world. The internet was, and has, become king. Later Chris joined Adobe.
Late in October, Chris died after a long battle with brain cancer.
Even though my interactions with Chris were intermittent â€“ they were impactful. This is the mark of a good life. Vale, Chris.