Ahead of His Time-John Calvano
John Calvano has drawn on common sense, foresight and education to stay on the cutting edge of production technology.
John Calvano had a professional epiphany while shopping for groceries one day early in the 1970s. As his selected items were scanned, revealing their prices on the electronic screen, Calvano remarked to himself: " 'You know what? I'd better do something, or I'm going to get left in the dust.'"
"So I started to take computer courses, just to learn what that (technology) was about," he recalls. This practice of staying abreast of technological advance-ments has kept Calvano on top of the changes through the desktop revolution of the 1980s and during the current migration to CTP. Looking back over the evolution of print production, Calvano reflects that increased automation and computerization have "benefited the publishers ... the manufacturers and the vendors, (by making) everything more efficient."
Working as a technician and manager for Time Inc.'s magazine business, Calvano was involved with an early version of the digital workflow. In 1983, the company opened a prepress facility to handle the engraving for the majority of its magazine titles, including Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money. Named the Impact Center for Image Processing and Color Transmission, it was the largest centralized digital prepress facility in the country. The Impact Center was equipped with a Crosfield Color Studio system and had the capability, Calvano reports, to broadcast pages via satellite to multiple printing plants in multiple locations globally. "This was heretofore never done," he marvels.
Mere months after commencing business operations, the Impact Center was faced with a seemingly daunting task: covering the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Calvano, a scanner operator and a handful of editors from the Time Inc. pantheon of magazines, set up shop near Los Angeles to capture the images from each day's events.