Latin America: Passionate Publisher

Columbia University last week gave a Maria Moors Cabot Gold Medal for hemisphere service to Brazil's most potent publisher, small, dynamic, tack-sharp Dr. Francisco de Assis Chateaubriand.

Hard work, slick financing, fast talk, and a driving energy that permitted only parlor-car relaxation on his cross-country travels raised Chateaubriand from a law professorship at Recife to the most comprehensive press lordship south of San Simeon. He owns 28 newspapers, 16 radio stations, five magazines and a press service. The most spectacular of his promotions, a campaign for Brazil's amateur Aero Clubs, paid off when Aero Clubs' Sunday fliers started pouring into the war-activated...