Chris Fidler completed nearly 34 years as The Imperial Republican’s production superintendent.
Fidler retires after decades with newspaper
After living a busy career in the newspaper and printing business, Chris Fidler has retired.
For nearly 34 years, Fidler has worked as production superintendent for The Imperial Republican, and for 12 years before that, he worked in several printing businesses, too.
In all, his newspaper and printing career spanned 47 years.
His final day at The Imperial Republican arrived last Thursday, a quiet day between the holidays as the final newspaper for 2017 was printed.
However, much of his career has been far from quiet, considering the loud hum of running presses at which he stood for thousands of hours.
Running the various presses on occasion was just part of his job at the Republican, where he also handled the ordering to keep inventory and materials on hand, designed ads and page layout, as well as consulting with customers on their individual commercial printing needs.
At times, he even sold advertising during vacations or to cover for sickness.
His position also involved coordination of printing schedules with the three other Johnson Publications newspapers—The Wauneta Breeze, Grant Tribune Sentinel and Holyoke (Colo.) Enterprise.
“I’m going to have to figure out how to get up in the mornings and not go to work,” Fidler said.
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