I asked some of my colleagues to write stories about me for this website. Not necessarily a traditional letter of reference, but more of a story that would reveal something about our working relationship, and my personality. The only rules were to keep it clean and funny never hurts. The girls were the first to respond and they did a great job. You can read them here.
Margo Morgan, my former partner at the Rockford Register Star wrote an especially touching letter, accusing me of being a "button pusher". As it turns out, she meant it as a compliment. ... continues
But seriously, she's great designer and the sweetest person you'll ever meet. Here's her letter with my response below.
Rockford Register Star
Chris Soprych loves to push buttons. Figuratively and literally. He is known to say, “You know what your problem is?” to his coworkers, just to make it more interesting. He also has a curiosity that can make it almost impossible for him not to push every button on something, just to see what happens.
Try training him in a computer program and see how many times you hear yourself saying, "Stop! Don't do that!"
I can remember he once told me he pushed "Like" on a Facebook post when a mutual friend was feeling bad. It was the only option available for him to push. Chris' curiosity is part of what makes him so fantastic at what he does. He never stops thinking, never stops learning, and never stops challenging himself. He's fearless in his convictions, in himself, and in others.
If it weren't for that man, that same crazy guy who spent hours and days and actual money at the U.S. post office inventing a humorous Facebook page proclaiming the dangers of Passion Fruit Iced Tea.
I wouldn't be the designer I am today. And the designer I'll continue to
grow to be for the rest of my life. Thanks for pushing me all these years.
I'll forever be grateful.
Rockford Register Star
Note from Chris Soprych: It would be impossible to tell you how special Margo Morgan is. She is one of the brightest, talented, warmest human beings I have ever known. And, If she did have a button, I doubt I'd have the heart to push it.
Margo has been my partner in the graphics department — and later with the marketing team — at the Rockford Register Star since 2005. We did amazing things together and I'll miss working with her.
Speaking of buttons, check out my PHRT System.