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'Country guy' changed community journalism

February 1, 2012

The world of community journalism was a little different in Bill Foster’s day.

“He wasn’t a high-stepping, suit-wearing professional. He was a country guy,: remembers Allan Clarke, Pendulum columnist, who began working here in 1970 under the tutelage of Foster, who bought the paper in 1964 and owned it through 1984, when he sold it to ABC/Capital Cities.

Foster died on Jan. 23, at the age of 88, in Bradenton, Fla.

Presiding over the Pendulum and its accompanying print shop from his old office at 22 London St., Foster was an active, hands-on publisher in all aspects of the paper, from selling the ads and rolling out the completed paper hot off the press to writing the editorials.

For more on the story, check out the Feb. 2 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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