GAA Names PI Founder “Person of the Year”
PHILADELPHIA—Irvin J. Borowsky, founder of Printing Impressions and parent company North American Publishing, has been named the 2009 Neographics “Person of the Year” by the Graphic Arts Association. He will receive the award at the Neographics dinner and awards ceremony here on May 7.
Born in Philadelphia in 1924, 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. The press came with a package of type, ink and instructions. By the time Borowsky was 14 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 it to Walter Annenberg, Borowsky founded North American Publishing and Printing Impressions.