I was originally going to write this column with a New Year focus, but decided that could wait.

After the e-mails and letters started to come in on the death of longtime Snips editor and publisher Edward C. “Nick” Carter, who died Nov. 5 of cancer, I decided it would be a better use of space - and a tribute to him - to run them now.

Please keep sending them in, along with your memories of Snips as we celebrate the magazine’s 75th anniversary in our next issue. Send them all to Snips magazine, BNP Media, 2401 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 700, Troy, MI 48084, or e-mail tomcconnellm@bnpmedia.com. Include your name and title, as well as your company’s name and location, and a way to contact you. We hope to use all of them. Thanks.

Nick Carter (left) and Anita Alvare at an industry media event in the mid-1970s. Photo courtesy of Alvare Associates.

Eager to learn

I can still so clearly remember how Nick Carter wore his Snips scissors lapel pin so faithfully and loyally during the years I knew him.

I first met Nick around 1975 when I worked along with Mort Hauserman in the public relations department of CertainTeed Corp.’s insulation group. It was Mort, an industry veteran of Gustin-Bacon and CertainTeed, who introduced us.

One of my fondest memories is being with Nick at a media event at the Indianapolis 500 Raceway, where we had Johnny Rutherford, a four-time Indy winner, as our company spokesman.

Nick was always gracious and willing to learn about the manufacturers that supplied the sheet metal industry, which is something I’ve always appreciated.

Anita Alvare
Alvare Associates
Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Nick made reader feel like he ‘belonged'

I’m sorry to hear that Nick Carter passed away. He was a good man, and always had a warm handshake and a smile on his face.

When I was a young man, just breaking in to the industry in Chicago, Nick Carter didn’t let my young age or youthful appearance get in the way of our relationship. He treated me like I belonged - and I appreciated it greatly.

Thomas Keating
Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association-Colorado

He was ‘part of special group'

My father introduced me to Edward “Nick” Carter over 30 years ago while on a flight to attend an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers show.

He was pleasantly reassuring and kind to me. Bob Murphy snapped some photos and we enjoyed the flight.

Joe Talarico, my father, began his affiliation with Snips in Edward Carter’s era. Over the years, my father and Nick kept a friendly relationship and shared interesting news about business matters on a regular basis. We continued to meet with them while participating in HVAC trade shows and industry-related conventions.

Nick Carter would always be inquiring and passing on important information about business in development. As Snips editor, he maintained important communications vital to this industry while being a pleasant man to work with.

To me he was part of a special group of men whom I appreciate and stand forever proud of the work and advancement they accomplished. These men are certainly proud of us who follow their examples and the opportunities they created.

My sincere regards to all the Carter family, their friends and colleagues.

Jean D. Talarico
Taloc Enterprises Inc.
LaSalle, Quebec