Bill Diem has been a member of MOWA since the early 1970s, when he was the outdoor editor t the Escanaba Daily Press. For a long time since then he has maintained his active membership and his love of outdoor life in Michigan, in spite of the fact that he had moved on to regular journalism jobs at the Mount Pleasant Daily Times-News, Gladstone Delta Reporter, Detroit Free Press and Automotive News.
That professional publication sent him to London, but not before he had purchased the Newberry News. That 135-year-old UP weekly is run by his brother Jim Diem with help from his wife and daughters, but Jim lets Bill write a weekly column, which is sometimes about trout fishing or even walleyes. When in London he met a French woman and followed her to Paris where they married. A decade of free-lancing and retirement followed, but he has fly tying equipment, rods and creels on two continents.