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Q&A Greg Tapp, Greg Tapp Printing
Iwas just fifteen when I started at the
Registrar General’s, a little pinched
faced apprentice, and as gullible as
they come. And one of the first jobs I
did, the boss asked me to cut a big ream
of cartridge paper, and of course I threw
it in there and didn’t check my
measurements and I cut it all too short.
So he suggested that I go over to the
Government Printing Office, which was
over in Harris Street, Ultimo, and
borrow their paper stretcher. And I
thought, well gee, that gets me off the
hook, I’ll go and do this. The
Government Printing Office was our
umbrella organization. So we were like
a brotherhood and we knew all the
fellows over there and they knew us. So
I jumped on the tram down through
George Street to Haymarket, out to
It was a huge place. Anyway I was told
to “Go and see Mr Spence, and ask for a
lend of the paper stretcher.” So I tracked
down Mr Spence, and unbeknown to
me, they’re all digging each other in the
ribs, “My boss wants a lend of the paper
stretcher.” “Ah, I think Joe Blow’s got it
down the other end.” So I’d go and see
Joe Blow and Joe Blow’d tell me, “No,
Bill Smith’s got it.” So I got the run
around well and truly, till we got to the
end of the line when someone admitted
that the paper stretcher was down in the
machine shop getting fixed. So I had to
go back empty handed, and of course
they’re all rolling round hanging onto
their stomachs and slapping their knees
and I thought: I get it, I’ve just been had.
But at fifteen what do you know? You
don’t know that there’s no such thing as
a paper stretcher.
Greg Tapp, of Greg Tapp Printing,
enjoys nothing more than a game of
golf. Even printing doesn’t match golf
for thrills, he says.
Why did you get into printing?
It was too long ago to remember.
What is your favourite phrase?
Suck it up.
What would be your dream job?
Being a pro golfer.
What TV show are you watching at
Top Gear, until I fall asleep.
What is your greatest luxur y in life?
Who or what makes you laugh?
If you didn’t work in print, what
would you be doing?
Easy — retired, travelling, playing golf.
If your house was on fire, what
three things would you rescue?
That’s a problem as I live in an
apartment on the 10th floor, so the lift
swipe, my wife and her cook book.
Who would you like to be stuck on a
desert island with?
My wife (because she will read this
What really makes your blood boil?
How do you like to unwind?
I don’t get
wound up. It
Have you ever
been said to
Scott — until I
swing a golf
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