The Press: Four Score & Ten

With un-Bostonian enthusiasm, the Atlantic Monthly had beaten the drum for its 90th anniversary number: "No night fireworks over the lagoon, no drum majorettes, trotting races or paper hats. Nary a clam will be baked. Just a slightly fatter than usual issue filled . . . with a rich assortment of good reading. . . . Otherwise, it will be the same kind of supernormal, extraordinary, quite-without-precedent, all-time-high collection that the subscribers get in the mail every month."

The flamadiddles were justified. In the November anniversary number, Editor Edward A. ("Ted") Weeks had rounded up: Albert Einstein on atomic-energy control (as told...

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