The name of Richard Brockman, owner of The Platteville Journal from 1971 to 2003, will be added to the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s memorial pylon during the WNA’s annual Trees Retreat at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River Aug. 16.
Brockman, 65, died April 22. He purchased The Journal from his parents, Harold and Leone, who purchased The Journal in 1933. A Brockman owned The Journal for 70 of its 114 years of existence.
“The memorial pylon on the Trees for Tomorrow campus is a very special place, not only because of the beauty of its surroundings but because it is truly steeped in Wisconsin history,” said WNA Foundation President Kris O’Leary. “Standing under the tall pines and reflecting on the work of the publishers listed on the pylon, you can’t help but feel the pride that comes with writing the first draft of Wisconsin’s history.”
The pylon includes names of deceased Wisconsin publishers dating back to 1958, when the WNA purchased land in the Eagle River area to be used as a demonstration forest.
The name of Dennis J. Novinski, former owner of the Montfort Mail and Blanchardville Blade, will also be added Aug. 16.