Former St. Paul biz editor dies at 80
Bill Farmer, who was a business reporter and a business editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota, died Sunday at the age of 80.
Ryan Faircloth of the Pioneer Press writes, “Farmer was hired to the Pioneer Press business team in 1963. He held various positions, including columnist, business editor, travel editor, travel writer and more before leaving the newspaper in 1988.
“In 1976, Farmer worked with cartoonist Jerry Fearing to create the comic strip Rooftop O’Toole, which chronicled a kid who delivered newspapers to the White House.
“He frequently appeared on WCCO radio and founded the World’s Worst Irish Tenor Contest. After leaving the Pioneer Press, he founded and published the MSP Airport News.
“‘He loved talking to people, he loved hearing their stories. He wrote the human interest column for several years — The Paul Light Column. That was his favorite thing of all of the things that he did for the (Pioneer Press),’ said Peggy Farmer, Bill’s wife.”
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