SPOTLIGHT, WITH J.D. BOOTH

Chris Cooke, printer and local publisher, opens up

From his teenage years at boarding school to his training as a journalist and now a successful printer, it's been an interesting road

When Chris Cooke was just 13, his father decided he needed “some discipline” and sent him to Oakville’s Appleby College.

That may have defined Cooke, who owns and operates a successful printing and graphics company in Wyoming, as someone who knows his numbers. But schooling for Cooke also included training in journalism, with the emphasis being radio.

Later, he joined the Sarnia Gazette and eventually took an ownership position before the business folded (the fact that it made money on printing flyers, not the news appears to have been a significant learning experience).

Bootstrapping the organization that is now Huron Web Printing & Graphics, Cooke is also publisher of First Monday, a monthly publication where his column can be “required reading” for those with an interest in municipal politics.

Lambton Shield editor J.D. Booth, who is a former editor of First Monday, spoke with Cooke at his Wyoming office.

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