Thursday marks 80 years for the Federal Diary, our regular column on and for the Federal workforce. It launched Nov. 29, 1932. A small box at the bottom of that day’s front page announced its arrival. 

Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson described The Diary’s origins in a column in Thursday’s paper:

 When the Diary began covering issues involving federal employees — a core segment of The Washington Post audience — president-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt and congressional leaders were discussing legislation to legalize beer.

As noted in a post on the Federal Eye blog, The Diary will celebrate this anniversary over the next few weeks by re-running columns from each of its eight decades. Davidson will also feature reader comments in a column in December, so follow the Federal Diary to share your favorite moments on future (er, past) columns.

Read today’s column to learn more Federal Diary history and check out the very first  column, pictured below. Click on the image to expand the column to full size.



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