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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!