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Egon Nielsen
pseudonym Emery W. Norten
Association of Independent Authors

I have been writing since I was 15 years old, starting to be paid for my Exposé Journalism for Danish newspapers in 1963.

Returning to Canada in 1964 the local newspaper (the Nipigon News founded and Published by Olli Virkamaki from Toronto, Ontario) was scheduled to close down after two years production. Mr. Virkamaki, a graphic artist, operated out of his home, but due to the hassles with the Town office, requiring him to be in a downtown commercial site, he finally gave up and moved back to Toronto.

The district had seven newspapers over the years, all of them closing their doors within a few years. When I came back from Europe and saw the impending closing at the end of 1964, I thought, what could be better to a writing career than to own a Newspaper and WRITE! Little did I know how little writing I would do, and how much time production would consume.

Having gotten married in September and a child on the way, November found me trying to buy the equipment and business from Mr. Virkamaki. The only local Royal Bank of Canada didn't have confidence that I a 21 year old, with no newspaper experience could make a go of it and denied me a loan to buy the business. All the people laughed when hearing that I was going to start a newspaper, and said "What do you know about publishing a newspaper?" What was required (outside of the writing) was typesetting, graphic design, platemaking, printing, carrier distribution, accounting, etc. etc. Which skills I didn't possess AT THAT TIME!
After three years, no one was laughing anymore and our 52 page tabloid served eight communities, with 80% advertising and 20% news copy.

To make a long story short, three years later after buying my own printing and publishing equipment, the Nipigon Gazette (named after the first newspaper in Canada) was in its own building, and all the equipment was paid for and the Nipigon Gazette is still in existence today, 51 years later.

In 1978 Laurentian Publishing based out of Sudbury, Ontario, decided that they were going to buy out all the weekly newspapers in Northern Ontario, and made an offer to buy us out. With cheque in hand we moved out to British Columbia with 4 kids in hand and the rest is history.

British Columbia and the United States saw us start various periodicals and magazines... Other publications

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