Newsletter February/March
Reminder of Screening: 

This Thursday, March 1 st , at 7:00 P.M.
Pequot Library, Southport, CT. 

The screening is free and open to the pubic.
No registration required.

This program is offered as part of Fairfield County's Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraiser sponsored by Fairfield County's Community Foundation.

By making a minimum $10 donation on
March 1
st, you will support the engaging and educational programs, services, exhibitions and special collections of rare books, manuscripts and archives that the Pequot Library offers year-round.

If you would like to attend,  please let us know and we will save you a seat. 

Thank you's and Upcoming Screenings

thermosetThermoset Topical Conference Indianapolis, Indiana

We wish to express our deepest gratitude to SPE Thermoset Division Chair Len Nunnery and his team for making our screening at the SPE Thermoset Topical Conference in Indianapolis a great success. 

With his wife, Shelane and others, Len organized a dynamic group of speakers and ran a smooth schedule of presentations. Seventy-five
industry representatives watched our film with deep appreciation. Marc and Hugh met many of them , forging what we hope will be lasting relationships.
Hugh Karraker and Len Nunnery
Hugh and Len Nunnery, vice president of global sales and marketing at Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P)
After viewing the film prior to the Conference, Len wrote: "Thank you sincerely for producing and sharing this most entertaining and informative feature. I absolutely loved it... I feel as if now I know Mr. Baekeland on an almost personal level.

"After twenty-five years focused on thermoset and thermoplastic materials, this detailed and touching reflection was most edifying.
A must see for any serious plastics professional . Bravo!!"

To kick off the first day, Russell Broome, senior director of business development at PLASTICS Industry Association (formerly SPI) spoke eloquently about
the mission and goals of his organization. 

We thank Russ for continuing to be a treasured champion of our film.
At several points during the Conference, Russ, Marc and Hugh shared some potent ideas for the future.

Hugh and Russ
Hugh and Russ Broome

Some of the attendees at the Conference:

Hugh and Steve Wilson
Hugh and Steve Wilson, director of global business development at Cold Jet, LLC

Zhou Shudong and Hugh
Zhou Shudong, general manager and senior engineer at Guangzhou Bothleader Electrical Materials Co., Ltd.
and Hugh

Initiated by the Society of Plastics Engineers, proceeds generated from the Conference will go towards building a thermoset curriculum for students in polymer studies at UMass Lowell, Massachusetts.


Marc and Hugh
Marc and Hugh by the display of Bakelite items

Bakelite items on display
Baekeland family heirlooms, early Bakelite automobile and industrial products,
printed materials and contemporary Bakelite jewelry by Jorge Caicedo

After viewing the display, Randy Lewis of Titan Advanced Composites commented:  "This brings a tear to my eye."

Reminder of Screenings coming soon:

The previously announced Rutgers University screening on March 1 st , is now limited to students of polymer studies.  The SPE Palisades section hopes the screening will be an opportunity to recruit new members.

APRIL 25th-28th at the Baekeland Thermoset Symposium 2018 in Shanghai, China

This will be the 6 th biennial Symposium, the first being in Leo Baekeland's hometown, Ghent, Belgium, 2007. Subsequent Symposia were in Turkey, Japan, Niagara Falls and Great Britain.

JUNE 7th NJ SAMPE Upcoming Screening

Dr. Louis Pilato, who appears in our film, has organized a screening at the NJ SAMPE monthly meeting at the Bridgewater Manor, Bridgewater, N.J.

We'll have details for you closer to the date.

Besides screenings at plastics and chemical industry events, we intend to promote and market our film worldwide to educational institutions, libraries, museums and media entertainment companies.

If you have a contact that works in film distribution, please contact Marc Huberman at:

All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic

Two versions of the film available
21 minutes / Educational - Industry
56 minutes / Full length