The Press: Western Story

City rooms of western newspapers clacked with rumors about John and Anna Boettiger. Some rumors: they would go into business against their old employer, Hearst, in Seattle; they were dickering in Portland with Marshall Field money; Field would stake them in San Diego. Last week the big gossip anticlimaxed into a small fact. Franklin Roosevelt's rangy daughter and her strapping husband had bought the Phoenix (Ariz.) Shopping News, an advertising throwaway. The reported price: $15,000 (theirs, not Field's).

Big John Boettiger strode into the newsroom of the Phoenix Republic and Gazette, thrust a handout at a reporter. It said that Anna and...

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