Q&A: John Fry, production director, B&D Print Services

By Jo Francis, Monday 27 January 2014

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Leaving school 37 years ago at the tender age of 15, John Fry joined Graphic House in Preston as an apprentice printer.

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Fry: I was sold on print at age four

Now production director at B&D Prints, the father to Charlotte and grandfather to Zach, enjoys a diverse range of hobbies outside his working day, including watching movies, wine, champagne, beer, reading, “the mighty Spurs”, as well as a good conspiracy theory. 

Why did you get into printing?

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with colouring in without going over the line and I was in awe of packaging. My mum explained it was printing, not colouring in. I was sold at age four

What would be your dream job?

Either an astronaut or a champagne and cheese taster

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Jack Nicholson

What is your dream bit of kit?

My corkscrew

What would you most like to print?

Cash

What is your favourite TV show?

Question Time

What is your favourite saying?

‘Yeah, of course we can’

What is your favourite album?

The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or maybe Pulp’s Different Class. Mind you there’s obviously Stanley Road (Paul Weller) and we mustn’t forget The Queen is Dead (The Smiths)...

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Band security for Captain Sensible

What is your greatest ambition?

To still be doing my own stunts aged 100

What’s your greatest fear?

That I will expire and still not know...

What piece of kit would you like to see invented?

JDF, the way it was first described in hushed tones

Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? 

All of them

Most embarrassing moment?

It was a long time ago and I am still protecting the innocent

Where would you like to be right now?

On a desert island, far, far away 

What’s your worst fashion disaster?

The 70s and most of the 80s

Which superpower would you like to have?

I have plenty

Who would be your favourite party guests?

John von Neumann, Democritus, Leonardo da Vinci, Zman (my grandson) and Godzilla

What is the worst kind of print?

Stuff we didn’t do

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?

Printing the Olympic gold medal winners’ stamps

How would you like to be remembered?

With lots of hurrahs

Life is…?  

Fantastic

What was your childhood obsession?

Colouring in

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