Huber learned well and did well for us
Thirty-two years ago, Denny Huber was working for the Evening Republican in Columbus when he heard about a job in Corydon. His boss, Bob Brown, the publisher, was a Purdue grad who had majored in engineering. When Huber moved to Corydon, he started working for Bob O’Bannon, a Purdue grad who had majored in engineering. Huber figured that was how it was in those days.
Huber stayed here 32 years, using what he had learned from the two engineer/publishers named Bob in leading O’Bannon Publishing Co. from a small newspaper and commercial printing business to a good-sized company that now employs 38 people, prints several newspapers and does a lot of commercial printing.
Huber, 65, was from Cannelton where his dad owned a country weekly newspaper for a time. Huber had a gift for anything mechanical and was publisher during a time when newspaper production changed quickly in a radical way, from the slow and tedious newsprint and hot type method of reproduction to high-speed computer type-setting, pagination and digital photography. It could have been a horrendous time of fear and trepidation, but Huber’s calm, laid-back, never-get-panicky style made all the changes much easier.
He and the other directors, Frank L. O’Bannon and his brother, Bobby O’Bannon, bought The Clarion in 1978, the two Crawford County newspapers in 1981, started The Monday Shopper in the mid-’80s, and bought Instant Print from Harrison County Hospital in the late 1980s.
As Frank O’Bannon steadily rose in Indiana politics to the Statehouse and brother Bobby was a leader in the telephone industry, Huber assumed leadership positions with the Hoosier State Press Association, its Foundation and Ivy Tech State College.
The sad part of the story, as Huber leaves this company, is that Frank, Bobby O’Bannon and long-time advertising director Fred Cromwell are not here to wish him well. All three died suddenly and unexpectedly within a year of each other.
Huber said he was grateful to be part of a successful company and to work with a lot of talented, dedicated people for so many years in a growing market. He and his wife Linda have nine children, and six of them worked here, too. Over the years, they have made many valuable contributions to the company and this community, and we are grateful for everything they did.
Huber’s last day was Thursday, and many local friends and colleagues from around the state came to Corydon to honor him at a two-hour open house.
His successor, Jon O’Bannon, the new publisher, was here along with his mother, Judy O’Bannon, now chairman of the board. Judy told Huber: ‘Your imprint on this community cannot be overestimated.’