Q&A: Melvin Vinyard Senior account manager, Fuller Davies
Monday, July 8, 2019
Melvin turned 65 in April and will retire next month after working in print for 49 years. He is married to Sandra and they have “two children and two lovely granddaughters”. His main hobbies are photography and listening to vinyl albums.
What is your nickname?
Mel (and probably others I’m unaware of!)
Why did you get into printing?
My interest in photography and art. At the time of joining this trade, I could embrace my interests with my working life
What would be your dream job?
What would you most like to print?
Vinyl album sleeves
What is your favourite film?
What is your favourite TV programme?
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury, nothing better than a Chicken Tikka Madras with all the trimmings
Who or what do you hate the most?
Too many poor quality TV channels – it’s sometimes best not to switch on!
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Gutenberg for getting us all where we are today
What is your favourite phrase?
What is your favourite album?
Difficult to name just one, but it has to be a Beatles album, Abbey Road
What is your favourite book?
Anything written by Wilbur Smith, now reading Tom Bradby’s Secret Service
What is your greatest luxury in life?
My growing vinyl collection
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
John Lennon and Bobby Robson
What is your greatest ambition?
To live a long healthy life
What’s your greatest fear?
Ipswich Town FC never returning to the Premier League
Who or what makes you laugh?
So many things – I always look at the fun side of life
What piece of kit would you like to see invented?
Built-in software that deletes silly print prices being submitted
Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? Why?
Keith Lemon, irritating man
Most embarrassing moment?
Walking into and using a ladies’ loo!
Where would you like to be right now?
What’s your worst fashion disaster?
Bell bottom trousers
Which superpower would you like?
Who would be your best party guests?
My family and friends, can’t be doing with celebs
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
To infinity and beyond
What is the worst kind of print?
Anything badly designed
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Be confident in all you do, knuckle down more with your school work
For living, don’t waste a moment, it’s not a dress rehearsal