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Nexpo Notebook #2: Cheerleading, and What'd I Say?

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Nexpo Notebook #2: Cheerleading, and What'd I Say?

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Nexpo wasn't the only show in Orlando. Heck, it wasn't even the only show at the Orange County Convention Center.

Among the groups meeting in America's theme park capital was an international cheerleaders competition. We never made it to that event -- but then there was plenty of cheerleading going on at Nexpo.

If there was a common theme to many, many formal sessions and informal show floor demonstrations it was this: Snap out of it, newspaper industry! Stop being a Gloomy Gus and feel the love!

And a common creed was professed repeatedly. Here's a sampling heard on the floor and in the lecture rooms:

"We believe in newspapers." -- Brandon Casson of Southern Lithoplate

"We are very committed to the newspaper segment." -- Bruce Davidson of Kodak

"We believe in this (newspaper) business. We believe in print." --Peter Kuisle of MAN Roland

"I believe in the future of newspapers." -- Mort Goldstrom of the Newspaper Association of America

"Print is alive, more today than in the history of the medium." --Mark Mikolajczk of Florida Today

"We believe print products, including the daily newspaper, will be a part of people's lives for a very long time." -- Larry Orkus of the Reading Eagle Co.

Who's Minding The Store?

While Nexpo crowds have been thin, and bulked up the attendance only a little on Monday, the vendors -- a crowd that's had a tendency to be pretty cranky at past Nexpos -- are by all accounts pretty happy with this year's show. The feeling seems to be that the production people who are attending are coming to buy.

But we were struck by the not-for-attribution complaint we heard from a production manager who came to Nexpo hoping to solve a blanket problem. But no matter where he went on the show floor, he said, nobody could help him.

Rather than sending salespeople to production shows, this ops guy thinks, vendors might do better to sprinkle in some actual production people.

What'd I Say?

We've already posted a news item on MerlinOne Inc.'s new technology for searching words spoken on video clips. But Fitzgerald got a demonstration of its Monday afternoon, and came back pretty jazzed about it. …

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