Rich Burns, served as our third president, as a longtime member of the board of and in 1987 along with Jim Glass, was selected as one of the Society’s first Fellows. His firm, the GNU Group was an offshoot of his position as an in-house graphics group within the landscape architectural firm, the SWA Group. The firm’s early entry into the world of signage came about when SWA was asked to design the sign program for a new master planned community. Recognizing that he knew precious little about sign program design and invited by his old classmate, John Berry to attend the first ad-hoc meeting of what would become SEGD, he was compelled to attend. The rest as they say is history, which Rich shared in this first of our virtual meetings.