The story so far: Joe Palooka is giving a tour of The Post newsroom in 1951. By Ham Fischer.
So there are a bunch of celebrity newspeople featured in this insert of whom your humble narrator had not heard. For example, Bus Ham and Malvina Lindsay, sports and “The Gentler Sex” columnists, respectively (it is worth pointing out that we no longer have any kind of sex columnist), appear to wave cheerfully and make an expository reference to their beats. But we do know Herblock!
Herbert Elliston remains in the conference room to this day, in cryogenic form. He likes to watch you make coffee.
There was another thing that hadn’t changed! We still keep a room full of books for some reason!
(Actual true note: I did some research just now into whether my memory of us having a library was still true — I remember a sign there that said no food or drink — and discovered where I thought the library was is someone’s office now. I’m sure we do still have one, though at press time it was unconfirmed. And I’m sure it still has all 5,000 pictures of President Roosevelt.)
This next part gets crazy. Not because 75-year-old heartthrob Eugene Meyer shows up in the lobby to talk up the paper to this family, which is probably already subscribing and everything. It’s because nowadays Eugene Meyer has seven principles about newspapering, and it’s awfully suspicious that in 1951 they wanted us to think he only had five. And that they’re not actually Eugene Meyer’s principles of newspapering, which are well documented.
Really. Check out the definitive source on Graham Holdings’ Web site. This conscience-and-welfare-of-the-community stuff is totally made up. And right next to the bit about our same high standards, too.
THE SAGA CONTINUES IN PART THREE!