Marcil reflects on 41 years as Forum publisher

By: E&P Staff

Bill Marcil paused for a moment as he walked through the Forum’s mailroom, where papers roll off the printing press and are stuffed with inserts before delivery.


It would be hours before the sleeping press would rumble to life, but the smell of printer’s ink filled the air.


“I still get a thrill when I walk through the mailroom or see the presses running,” he said. “I get a shiver down my back.”


Those sensations mix with nostalgia these days as after more than 40 years, Marcil, 74, steps down as the newspaper’s publisher. He relinquishes the position to his son, Bill Jr., transferring the leadership of the firm’s flagship newspaper to the family’s fifth generation in a lineage that dates back to 1917.


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