Pennsylvania Dental Journal March April 2018 - Page 29

PDA 150TH ANNIVERSARY Dr. Bruce Terry PDA President 2017-2018 My presidency, like many of my predecessors has had many moments that come as surprises. Very few of us will ever look back and say that we knew something was going to happen and that we planned and prepared for it. Most often we’re doing this job by the seat of our pants. Whether it’s getting a call about something that an insurance company has done or something that a member wants or legislation that we’re trying to advance. They were in the modern era and I could both fax and eventually email content to them. They really helped me with the layouts for the Valley Forge Dental Journal. Rob gave me time to do more writing, which was becoming easier. By this time I had written more than 120 editorials and I would write another 50 as PDA Editor. Working with Dr. Galeone was a terrific experience. I was always impressed with his writing style and wanted to grow up to be like him. I know that I have received pats on the back for my writing, but Dr. Galeone is the one with talent. I just learned to fake it well. During each stage of my writing career I have been extremely lucky to watch and learn from many great mentors. As I matured as a writer and editor, I found that I enjoyed the creative side to this job. I really enjoyed developing themes and then finding the content or writing it myself. Like any good elementary school student, I was always motivated by bling. So, when I had my first article published in the ADA News I felt on top of the world. When I received my first journalism award from the American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists I tried to find my high school English teacher to show her that I was not a total failure. When I moved up to the position as associate editor of the Pennsylvania Dental Journal I now had an actual communications department. Rob Pugliese was and is the Journal. His ability to gather and sort out content and plan our issues was what I was missing in my previous roles. Rob helped me learn to plan ahead and gather content for issues several months in the future. We would often plan an entire year and then contact those who needed to write or gather information for us. We had theme issues that flowed nicely or annual issues that focused on Advocacy, Government Relations or Annual Session. Nothing could have prepared me more for my role as a PDA officer than all of the years writing about dental issues. I felt very involved by listening and reading information from the ADA and PDA and attending meetings. I can’t say enough to all the dedicated volunteers who give their time to organized dentistry. Each has a passion and shares it with other. Mine happens to be writing. I have been truly blessed with your support and encouragement. I have enjoyed all the hours I have spent writing about my life as a husband, father, dentist and dental leader. Many times I have told friends that writing is therapy. I told you earlier that I am cheap. Writing about my life as a dentist is far better than being psychoanalyzed for one hour a week. I fear that I am not going to drift away easily. Writing has become addictive and if you are not careful you may see more from me in the future. Susan, I am sorry, but you will have to continue to proofread before I go to print. My head may be swelled, but my spelling and grammar are still questionable. Dr. Bruce Terry of Wayne served as editor of the Pennsylvania Dental Journal from 2008-2016. MARCH/AP RIL 2018 | P EN N SYLVAN IA DEN TAL JOURNAL 29