Wayne Green, magazine pioneer, dies at 91
Founder of several technology publications helped put Peterborough on the publishing map
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PETERBOROUGH — An iconic figure in the Peterborough publishing industry, Wayne Green, died Friday at the age of 91.
A ham radio enthusiast who created 73 magazine in the early 1960s, he was one of the founders of Byte magazine, which eventually became the nation’s largest computer publication. After leaving Byte, he went on to found a number of other computing magazines, including Kilobaud (later called Microcomputing), 80-Micro, inCider, Hot CoCo and RUN before selling his company to IDG in the early 1980s and moving on to create magazines about music and cold fusion technology.
Along the way, he recruited many people to the Peterborough area to work on his publications, developing a reputation as a mercurial boss.
“My father employed hundreds of people and put all his money right back into the businesses,” said his daughter, Sage Belber of Scituate, Mass., on Monday. “He could be a tough guy to work for but his heart was in the right place. He was concerned about furthering things, reaching new potential. He was all about spreading the word.”
Belber said her father, who had lived in Hancock for many years but had recently moved to Peterborough, died at Monadnock Community Hospital.
“He had been quite vigorous and healthy up to just about a year ago,” Belber said. “Then he just deteriorated. He just had no energy.”
Green had continued working throughout his life. His most recent project had been a magazine and web site called New Hampshire To Do, and Belber said he had also become interested in recording music, which he did at a studio he built in Hancock.
Ted Leach of Hancock, a former publisher of the Monadnock Ledger, said he used to have lunch with Green about once a month.
“Wayne saw the world through his own lens,” Leach said. “Some of it made a lot of sense. Some of it made sense to Wayne. He was very curious about lots of things.”
Leach said Green was one of the key figures in the growth of the local publishing industry.
“He and his wife formed Byte, one of the first computer magazines. Then the magazine split, people went in various directions. There were computer magazines being published on every street corner in the 1980s. Wayne was right at the forefront of that.”
Belber said the family has not yet made plans for any memorial service.