Taking advantage of the flexibility and choices offered by the advent of digital printing techniques, and the ability to 'print-on-demand', Entertainment Technology Press decided from the day of its establishment to include historical and biographical titles within its various book series. Potentially shorter 'runs' and reprints of important works could be included. It is a privilege for Entertainment Technology Press to include Fred Bentham's Sixty Years of Light Work as the first in our Biographical Series.
When it was suggested to Andy Collier, who was largely responsible for nursing the original book through to its publication by Strand Lighting, that we attempt to put the title 'back into print', he was enthusiastic about the idea. Once again he has assisted the project along its path with his usual patience, and ETP thanks him and the small and esteemed group who have in various ways enabled us to put Fred's work back into print: Bob Anderson, Roger Fox, Brian Legge, Francis Reid and Peter Rogers.
It is also a pleasure to acknowledge the agreement of Fred himself. He knew, shortly before his death in May this year, that this new edition was about to go to print. Also thanks to his widow Ilse and sons Freddy and Jeremy who gave the project their blessing.
The idea of including the complete Strand Catalogue of 1936 as an Appendix was down to the series editor John Offord, and it is why you paid more pounds for your book! The intention is that it will be of interest to many readers, and in particular, when future students of entertainment technology grasp its importance, this decision will be vindicated.