Lloyd Thomas, whose old Westminster Herald was likely the last newspaper in California to switch from lead type to offset printing, died June 10, 2018, at an assisted-living home in Anaheim, The Orange County Register reported. He was 95.
Thomas, who published The Herald for more than 70 years, finally switched to offset in 2003.
The Register article said The Herald shop had a cameo in the 1985 Patsy Cline biopic “Sweet Dreams.” The shop was deemed ‘50s authentic, but actor Ed Harris had to learn how to look like a skilled Linotype operator for his role. Lloyd Thomas and his wife Doris were able to help him make that happen.