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Welch and his wife, Judy, have kept busy with travel in recent years. They’re pictured here in Africa.

Mike Welch, CU Times’ former owner and publisher, firmly denied he retired and maintained he has more to do with his time now than he ever did when he ran the publication.

“I didn’t retire,” Welch said in an April 2015 interview. “I hate the word retired. That’s something old people do. When I left the Times in 2005, I stopped working. I didn’t retire.”

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