Wednesday, June 5, 2013
“You can’t keep a good man down” - Richard Bartlett, Freddy Blue and Kiss Blue and Nova Blue Reprographics mentioned in this blog post
This afternoon, while sifting through some information I found on the Internet, I could not help thinking of the expression:
You can't keep a good man/woman down!
Here’s what that expression means:
(humorous): “something that you say which means that a person with a strong character will always succeed, even if they have a lot of problems”
In this case, the “good man” is Richard Bartlett, a guy I met, many years ago, when I was in the reprographics business in the Washington, DC area. At the time I met Richard, we were actively looking for acquisitions, and we met with Richard to express our interest in acquiring his northern Virginia (Fairfax, VA) reprographics business, which was then known as Nova Blue. He had no interest in selling, so nothing happened.
Quite some time ago, I posted articles on the Repro 101 Blog about Nova Blue Reprographics filing for Chapter 11 (Bankruptcy Reorganization). At some point, a Trustee took control of Nova Blue Reprographics and, after a few months of operations under the Trustee’s management of the business, the Trustee completed a sale of Nova Blue Reprographics’ assets and business to ABC Imaging. (I also reported that transaction on Reprographics 101.) The sale of assets included Nova Blue Reprographics’ operations in the “Northern Virginia” market area.
Apparently, Richard Barlett is a perfect example of the expression, “you can’t keep a good man down”.
He continues to be in the reprographics business …. In other areas. His current operations include:
Nova Blue Network, LLC d/b/a “FREDDY BLUE”, which operates in the Fredericksburg, VA market area:
LEADERS IN PLAN TECHNOLOGY
SPECIALIST IN FINE IMAGING AND MEDIA SERVICES
BLUEPRINTING SERVICES / EVERYTHING DIGITAL
and - - - - - -
“KISS BLUE”, which operates in Kissimmee, FL market area:
FLORIDA'S SPECIALIST IN BLUEPRINTING SERVICES
AND WIDE-FORMAT COLOR REPRODUCTION, SERVING
KISSIMMEE, ST. CLOUD, AND SOUTH ORLANDO
There’s another expression, very familiar to most reprographers, that goes something like this: “once you’ve got ammonia in your blood, it’s stays there forever.”
Well, the days of ammonia are well past us, but, now, I’m wondering, does toner have the same effect? I guess that must be the case!
While Richard may have had a case of the blues as a result of losing Nova Blue Reprographics in the Northern, VA market, his blues of another sort, Freddy Blue and Kiss Blue, live on!
One final note: it could be that the Richard Bartlett involved in Freddy Blue and Kiss Blue is not the same Richard Bartlett that lost Nova Blue Reprographics in Northern Virginia, …. but I don’t think that’s the case.
Posted by Joel Salus at 11:09 AM