Irvin Borowsky, Founder of North American Publishing Co., Dies at 90
Irvin J. Borowsky, the distinguished publisher and philanthropist who founded North American Publishing Co., the parent company of this magazine, in 1954, died Tuesday in Philadelphia, days after his 90th birthday.
Known as "Mr. B," Irvin Borowsky was born in Philadelphia in 1924, the youngest of nine children born to Polish immigrants. He started a printing business called City Wide Press at the age of 14, after answering an ad in Popular Mechanics for a $5 printing press. His next company, founded after World War II, sold custom storage equipment to major newspapers of the day. His first foray into print publishing was a company, founded in 1948, that would become TV Guide.
North American Publishing Co. was founded in 1954, following Borowsky's sale of the TV magazine to Walter Annenberg. The company's first magazine was Printing Impressions, and its stable of magazines grew to over 20 in the 1970s. Borowsky stepped away from the company in the early 1980s, devoting his primary energies to philanthropy. He founded the American Interfaith Institute in 1982 and the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia in 2000.