Timothy Stephen Novoselski

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Born in Santa Barbara, California, September 7, 1951, died August 15, 2013 at home in McCall, Idaho, after a four-year battle with cancer. Tim was a devoted husband, uncle, brother and friend who brought intelligence, humor and dedication to any cause he supported, including the McCall-Donnelly Education Fund, of which he was recent president.

Tim was a diehard Trojan football fan, from his college days at University of Southern California to his last days. He was such a fan that despite his illness and discomfort, Tim planned to attend every SC home game. We believe that Tim still will enjoy the games, now just from slightly different seats.

Tim attended Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara City College. He worked at the Santa Barbara News Press during both high school and junior college. He was awarded a full scholarship to the USC School of Journalism, working in editorships on the Daily Trojan and SoCal, a weekly USC magazine. It was there, in 1971, he met his wife of almost 37 years, Denise Gartland Novoselski.

Following graduation from USC in 1973, Tim worked briefly for Miramar Publishing Company, owned by Denise's family. Then he toured the country in an old VW van. He served as a fry cook, worked in a steel mill, and had a variety of other odd jobs before joining Carson and Barnes, the largest traveling circus under the big top, touring the south.

He returned to Southern California, where he worked for Foothill InterCity Newspapers, including the Pasadena Star-News, and then for The Burbank Daily Review.

He and Denise wed in 1976. In 1977, they joined a small weekly newspaper, The Central Idaho Star-News, and began a life-long love affair with McCall, a small mountain town. The Novoselskis returned to Los Angeles to work at Miramar, and after Denise's father's untimely death in 1980, Tim became president and CEO of Miramar. He guided it to include a broad range of media businesses, including private corporate publishing, business-to- business magazines and newsletters, websites, conventions and conferences, syndicated radio shows, and educational video production.

Miramar Publishing, eventually renamed Miramar Communications, excelled in particular fields, including core publications Rental Equipment Register (RER); HomeCare; TeamRehab; Special Events; and New Mobility and Spinal Network.

Tim is considered the father of the current special events industry, having launched Special Events magazine in 1982. He was the primary force behind the creation of The International Special Events Society (ISES) and Tim founded the premiere annual industry convention, The Special Event.

Tim and his wife Denise grew Miramar to become ranked in the top five privately held business-to-business publishing houses in California. Concurrently, he served as board member and multiple-term president of the Western Publications Association, and on prestigious national boards including The Magazine Council, the American Business Press and Business Publications Audit.

In 1994, Tim relocated Miramar to Malibu, California, where the Novoselskis had resided for several decades. Miramar was one of the top two employers in Malibu, and relocation of the business and its 100-plus employees added greatly to the city's economic base.

Tim was a member of the Los Angeles Country Club, the Bel-Air Bay Club and McCall's Whitetail Club, each revolving around two activities he loved - golfing and being on the beach.

After selling Miramar to Primedia in 1998, the Novoselskis to traveled extensively, built and remodeled several homes, and spent special time with family, friends and their beloved dogs and horses. Tim's dreams were achieved by living simultaneously on the ocean and on a small mountain ranch. His greatest success, however, was measured by his decades-long relationships with many, many friends, both within and outside the publishing field. He maintained especially close friendships with many who had worked at Miramar, and considered Tim as their mentor.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Novoselski Easter and his father, John Novoselski. He leaves behind his wife, Denise, McCall, ID, and Malibu, CA. He is survived by his siblings, Barbara (Paul) Crijins, Antwerp, Belgium; John (Sharon) Novoselski, MacArthur, CA,; and Jo Novoselski, McCall, ID; and 13 beloved nieces and nephews --- Robert, Timothy and David Ratliff; Kris Novoselski Cantrell and Lori Novoselski; Christian and Kari Evan; Erin Mullins, Peter and Ted Hadjisavas; Alena Coons, and Maren and Parker Westfall. His in-laws are Betty Gartland- Smith, and Patricia, Jim, and Barbara Gartland.

Tim requested that donations be made in his name to: the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation, mdef.org/donate. An Endowed Scholarship fund for the USC Annenberg School of Communication is being established in Tim's name by his wife, Denise, and may be additionally funded by family and friends. Timothy S. Novoselski Journalism Scholarship Fund, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 304, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281.

Memorial celebrations of life will be held in McCall on September 8, and in Los Angeles on September 24, at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, 2013
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