Some of you may have known Bill Bregar, a longtime reporter for Plastics News. It was with great sadness and shock when I heard of his unexpected death April 5 at the young age of 58.
As a sister publication of Plastics News, his stories ran occasionally in Rubber & Plastics News, particularly those concerning machinery, one of his main beats over the years.
While I wasn't as close to Bill as his co-workers at PN, I have some memories that go way back. Bill was one of the original reporters for Plastics News, starting with them in 1989, a year after I joined RPN. It didn't take long for anyone to learn that Bill was a true original. He held strong opinions and wasn't afraid to share them.
When Major League Baseball and its players were on the verge of a strike that ended the 1994 season prematurely, Bill protested outside of Jacobs Field in Cleveland with a sign proclaiming it was a "Field of Greed."
Bill also was a strong reporter, and took his role in journalism very seriously, a fact that showed clearly in his body of work for PN.