Throughout his devotion of nearly four decades to the Wisconsin newspaper industry, Larry Tobin has undoubtedly left his imprint in history.
This particular narrative began on Nov. 16, 1973, when Larry was assigned through his position with the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association to attend the Wisconsin Newspaper Association banquet. He wasn’t expecting that night to change his life, but it did. He was introduced to his future wife and to a new career in newspapers.
In the years that followed, Larry went on to serve as the WNA’s legislative coordinator and assistant manager, and later spent a combined 21 years on the WNA’s Board of Directors and the WNA Foundation board, serving as president of each. He established the WNA Hall of Fame and Alumni Reunion, and worked to improve the Better Newspaper Contest.
Larry and his wife, Kathy, purchased two weekly newspapers and blazed trails in community publishing. The newspapers weren’t the only way he gave back to his community. Larry served on the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce and coached the Tomahawk Pony League, among other acts of altruism.
Though Larry’s focus remained largely on the business end of newspapers, it didn’t stop him from receiving state and national acclaim for his editorials and features. He also published the newspaper-centric novel, “Pressing Matters.”
That night in 1973 changed the course of Larry’s life, but he didn’t forget to return the favor. His legacy will continue to give back to the newspaper industry for years to come.