G3: Industry insiders talk glass

You know you’re a glass geek when...
November 30, 2012
Editor's note: In a recent article, I asked readers to share their "glass geek" stories. Below are some of my favorites. If you have a story to share, please email me at jchase@glass.org. –Jenni Chase


  • "I took a vacation to Las Vegas with my wife, and after the third casino we visited, she saw my eyes start to glaze over (pardon the pun) and said, 'If you start telling me how complex that job would be and how much it would cost, I'm going to the next place by myself!'

    I can't even go to the grocery store without studying the doors that need repair. I hope I appear eccentric rather than weird, as I stare at the pivots as though I've never seen a door before."
  • "You know you're a glass geek when...every time you check into a hotel, you pull back the curtains to check out what kind of windows they have."
  • "When I joined a glass company 13 years ago, I never expected I'd become such a glass geek. I also have to look at every door and behind every curtain. Earlier this year, my husband and I stopped in Atlantic City on our way to our daughter's college graduation in Delaware. They had just opened a beautiful, all-glass casino on the boardwalk called Revel. I had to go explore the entire atrium. There were so many different installation types and glass types. It was fascinating, stunning and glass geek heaven. My father was an electrical contractor and I remember him looking at lighting everywhere he went."
  • "While walking the dogs by the library during its renovation, I noticed they installed an unusual blue glass. My first thoughts: What's that coating? What's the visible light transmission?"
  • "My geek story is from the opening of the Pittsburgh Airport in 1992. It featured tons of glass, and it was the first airport to feature a mall in it. Since it was pre-9/11, you could meet people at the gates, and you could shop while you waited. My brother and I went out there right after it opened, just to look at the glass ... and see all the logos. We were on our knees looking at logos on the glass by the automated walkways, and craning our necks to see logos up high on an all-glass storefront. Needless to say, we looked like we were either idiots or casing the joint."