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Between the Lines

From the very beginning of this paper, our editors have adhered to the principle that work can sometimes be fun and that – with care – you can mix business and pleasure. To convey that idea in photographs illustrating otherwise staid business stories was sometimes a challenge, but invariably our subjects also got into the spirit, and we all left smiling.

So for our 20th anniversary, we based our wall calendar on our theme, "U.S. 1, 20 Years Young," and we searched our archives to find photographs that matched that spirit. The black and white photos were taken by Craig Terry, and they were tinted by Terry’s daughter, Dara Born. Each day on the calendar lists up to five events – for business and/or pleasure – selected from our database.

The cover shows the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s 1988 winning volleyball team. For our health and fitness issue, entitled "All Rise for Exercise," they jumped into the fray, leaping high into the air at Terry’s command. It was no small feat for a dozen people to be airborne at the same time, as was proven by the photo of the losing team – in spite of numerous tries, they were unable to jump in unison.

Of the 12 employees on the PPPL team, three still work there: Timothy Bennett, John Timberlake, and Rosemarie Fuchs. (If you want to see the photo again, turn to page 62 of this issue.)

January features four photos of Nadine Fischer taken from a 1986 cover story. One is her standard press photo, but for our photo shoot, Fischer enlisted the services of a mime to illustrate her business, Nadia Communications LLC. Allen Laird, the mime, is now a chiropractor in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and Fischer’s business continues at 993 Lenox Drive. Fischer has co-authored a book with Brian Baldinger, the former Eagles and Cowboys player who is now a Fox football analyst. To train for his broadcasting role, Baldinger studied with Fischer and then taught her program. The $22 book, "The Map to Clear Messages: Conversations with a Wizard and a Warrior," will be published by the American Literary Press in April.

Though we are still trying to track down some of our calendar’s photo subjects, we plan to reveal the story behind the story each month. Some of the people pictured are Joan Zielinski, former state lottery commissioner; Jane Venezia, founder of Montgomery Dance Arts; Bill Barish and Paul Goldman of Commercial Property Network; Caron Wendell of Lucy’s Ravioli Kitchen; Jennifer Hartshorne of the Catering Company; and Joanne Young, who played Rudolph for what was then United Jersey Bank.

Please call if you have information about any of our subjects. For instance, have you kept up with anyone on that volleyball team?

Every office that gets the paper should have received a free calendar on December 22, but there were some slipups. For example: Martin M. Chooljian of C H Capital Investments at 1 Palmer Square was disappointed not to receive his and we will remedy that. Otherwise, the single copy price is $6.95. But if you found your photo in our calendar in your doctor’s office or hair salon – as did Sheila Hess Scheibner – we will be happy to give you a free calendar. Just come to our office.

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