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Lamont looks to life outside LIA

Friday, 29 October 2010
By Print 21 Online Article

Industry doyen, Bob Lamont, is set to pen another chapter in his life as he retires as executive officer from the LIA and sits down to write a tell-all memoir. Mitchell Jordan talks to him about turning a new page.

For 60 years, 75-year-old Lamont has been a regular fixture in an industry than has undergone some rapid changes. At the end of this year, he steps down as executive officer at the LIA, a position he has held for the past five years.

“I’ve served my time and enjoyed it a great deal,” he said. “It’s a terrific organisation but there is a time when you say ‘I’m 75 now’.”

Lamont was present at the first meeting of the LIA in 1963, held at the Sydney Showgrounds which attracted 150 people from the industry who then decided to form an organisation called the Australian Litho Club. This also became known as the Boozer’s Club after its regular meetings at the now closed-down Adams Pub in the city.

Memoir, he wrote: Bob Lamont (pictured below), may be exiting the printing industry, but has plans to put pen to paper in a candid memoir.

He cites the people he met as the most rewarding part of his role. “Without the right people, an organisation won’t work,” Lamont said. “Working with young people has been another highlight. There is no other organisation that carries the breadth of recognition and rewards that the LIA has. Much of this is due to the incredible support it receives from Heidelberg and GAMAA.”

Outside of the LIA, Lamont began his career as an apprentice photo lithographer at John Sands Printing, working at a host of other companies. His final full-time role was as a senior executive at Dupont.

Instead of a life of jet-setting around the world, Lamont instead intends to use his free time to write a memoir, which may well result in a few burning ears or red faces.

“Some people might blush,” he said. “The printing industry is unique, full of fascinating people. I have made many good friends, and probably a few enemies.”

A replacement has not yet been found to fill the role as executive officer at the LIA, but who ever takes on the position has big shoes to fill indeed.


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