NAPCO Founder Named Person of the Year
Irvin J. Borowsky, founder of IPG's parent company, North American Publishing Co., has been named the 2009 Neographics Person of the Year by the Philadelphia-based Graphic Arts Association. Mr. Borowsky will receive this award of recognition at the Neographics dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 7, 2009.
Born in Philadelphia in 1924, Irvin Borowsky was the youngest of nine children. When he was 12 years old, he answered an ad in "Popular Mechanics" for a real printing press for $5. By the time Mr. Borowsky was fourteen years old, he was operating his own printing business which he named City Wide Press.
In 1948, he started a weekly TV magazine called TV Digest, which later became TV Guide. After selling his TV magazine to Walter Annenberg, Mr. Borowsky founded North American Publishing and Printing Impressions Magazine. He has edited and published 34 books plus innumerable magazines and newsletters. He has written a number of books on printing.
In 1995, he founded the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, which aims to defuse violence and bigotry by celebrating America's heritage of freedom. His latest book is titled "Journey of an Optimist."