The Press: Pumpernickle Bill

Every day on the editorial page of the Allentown, Pa., Call (circulation 40,868, largest in the Lehigh Valley) appears a column set in what looks, at first glance, like an incredible amount of pied type. Closer inspection reveals a few recognizable proper names and some German-sounding words, but all set in English characters. The column carries the head Pumpernickle Bill, with a small drawing of a hayseedy fellow with stringy beard, corncob pipe, pencil behind ear. But no hayseed or pie-eyed compositor is Columnist Pumpernickle Bill. He is serious-minded William Stahley...

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