Leaving school 37 years ago at the tender age of 15, John Fry joined Graphic House in Preston as an apprentice printer.
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?
What is your dream bit of kit?
What would you most like to print?
What is your favourite TV show?
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
What was your childhood obsession?