The Press: Letter Writers' Holiday

Every day the Nashville Tennessean gets about a dozen letters, prints most of them, runs the day's best under three stars, gives each three-star writer one dollar. For the Tennessean (circulation 64,800) 4,000 letters a year are a lot, and it makes the most of them. From letters the reader-conscious Tennessean gauges the popularity of its features, and letters constitute one of its biggest features.

Last year, pudgy little Silliman Evans—a onetime Texas reporter, onetime airtransport executive, onetime 4th Assistant Postmaster General, publisher of the Tennessean since 1937—thought that he would like to meet some of his three-star letter writers. So he...

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