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At least the pictures of brains are still here

During John Crawford’s first tenure as a Fort Wayne at-large City Councilman, he was known for his posters.

If he had a press conference, he had posters to illustrate his points. If he had a presentation to give, he had posters. Whatever the situation, it seemed, he had cardboard-mounted graphics to go with it.

Then came PowerPoint. While some argue the presentation software has led to the death of the presentation, the one thing that’s certain is that it appeared to lead to the death of Crawford’s posters.

Until Tuesday.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, in a discussion on keeping the area’s college graduates in the area, Crawford’s posters returned. And it was a literal return, as they were the very posters he used in announcing efforts in 2004 to stem the area’s brain drain.

As the bulky posters and uncertain easel proved Tuesday, PowerPoint may have its advantages. But will anyone ever be sentimental over a PowerPoint slide?

“I missed my posters,” Crawford said.

So did we, Councilman. So did we.

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