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Workplace Copy Machine Breaks Lou Gehrig's Record!
2,194 8x11 Copies Printed All In One Run - March 8, 2001
LITTLETON, CO - One of the most revered records of all time has been broken!
The office copy machine at
Steve "Colorado Guy" Garufi's workplace
broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 by printing out 2,194 consecutive
8 x 11 copies last week. No doubt, this copy machine "raised the bar" for future copy machines.
Steve, who has a part-time job at the unnamed organization in the Denver area,
started things when he programmed 2,194 copies to be made of a
newsletter. In no way did he expect the printer to produce all of
them consecutively without even one mechanical glitch.
"Usually there's a paper jam or I need to load more paper.
always something going wrong near the 1,000 mark."
explained Steve, who proofreads, designs and prints numerous documents each day.
The Copy Machines Shines - A Day Not Quickly Forgotten
However, this printing job will remain in the
memories of all in nearby offices and cubicles. When the copy machine
approached 1,000, Steve was delighted that the machine was still
printing, but he did think much more about it.
"When it reached the 1,500 mark, that's when I started to take notice. At about
1,700 I grabbed Julie (another worker) and said, 'Hey, you've got to take a
look at this.'"
Like Steve, many were surprised at the copy machine's overachievement,
especially with its fickle reputation. Other onlookers gathered near the copy machine to marvel at the feat.
"2,194? I am very surpirsed with that copy machine." said Patricia H. of the neighboring
Finance department, "In fact, I'm shocked."
Ben H., a graphic designer who occasionally works
with Steve on projected, witnessed the event as well: "That copy machine in there is not a grand one. The printing
quality isn't very good and when it jams … there's paper all over
As a small intimate crowd gathered near the copy machine, news
of the accomplishment quickly spread throughout the organization. Indeed,
the copy machine was the "talk of the day" during lunch hour.
"What a Difference a Button Makes"
Ken Flurry (adjacent photo), whose office is located on the opposite side of the building
from Steve and the copy machine, recalled and shared an upsetting memory
he had with a copy machine.
"My first three months on the job, I was running off some copies.
I only wanted about 50 copies, but instead pushed the button for 'all
members,' which was about 1,000." recalled Flurry in a subdued tone, "I went away and came back and (the 1,000
copies) were going everywhere. It was a complete mess."
Asked what he learned from the experience, Flurry said solemnly, "What a
difference a button makes."