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Key Words: Vegetarian Times founder, who later ‘liked a good steak,’ has died at age 66

‘Man, after 20 years of tofu, that is good.’
Once said via Paul Obis of the Vegetarian Times mag, according to his wife, Janeen.

That’s Paul Obis, founder of Vegetarian Times mag, a cultural touchstone started in 1974 that helped popularize meatless diets and gin up early advocacy for natural farming. He had simply eaten a French dip sandwich.

The same Paul Obis, who has died at age 66, according to an obituary within the Chicago Sun Times, mostly stuck with a vegetarian vitamin during his life, but would treat himself to the occasional steak, his family recalled for the newspaper.

Obis reportedly died of Lewy body dementia, a disease related to peculiar deposits of a protein referred to as alpha-synuclein within the mind. It is usually fatal inside a few years of the onset of signs.

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Obis oversaw expansion at the Vegetarian Times from a few pages that he delivered on his bicycle to an influential mag with masses of 1000's of readers. The mag’s house, in Oak Park, Ill., was once only a few miles from the onetime house of Chicago slaughterhouses, made infamous in Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” and from the futures exchange pits of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the place contracts in reside cattle and beef bellies were created.

The mag featured interviews and cover tales about famous practitioners of vegetarianism, together with Fred “Mister” Rogers, who was once at one level a big investor within the newsletter, in addition to Michael Jackson, Annie Lennox, Linda McCartney, River Phoenix and Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, according to the Sun Times. Obis sold the mag in 1992.

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After about 20 years of devout vegetarianism, Obis reportedly had a metamorphosis of center at Chicago’s lakefront annual meals competition, which many years in the past was once lovely skimpy on vegetarian offerings. Of route, the behavior modification for Obis was once partially created out of meals advocacy: shunning waste.

“He took his youngsters to the Taste of Chicago, and one in all them was once full and put his French red meat au jus sandwich within the trash,” Obis’s 2d wife, Janeen, informed the Sun Times. Obis informed his youngsters it wasn’t good to waste meals. “He took it out of the trash and took a chunk, and that was once it,” she said. “He said, ‘Man, after 20 years of tofu, that is good.’”

Obis never did consume a large number of meat, his wife said: “He simply preferred a good steak at times.”

A “Vegetarianism in America” learn about published via Vegetarian Times, now about 10 years old, confirmed that 3.2% of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million other folks, observe a vegetarian-based vitamin. The New York Post, bringing up more recent knowledge, put that number at about five% of the adult population. An further 22.8 million observe a vegetarian-inclined vitamin, says the Vegetarian Times. This class eats meat simplest every now and then, known as “flexitarians.”

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Rachel Koning Beals is a MarketWatch information editor in Chicago.

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