The Press: Boiler-Plate Maker

Wright Arthur Patterson is editor in chief of Western Newspaper Union, which supplies "boiler plate" (stereotyped feature columns) and "readyprint" feature pages to rural newspapers. The nation does not stir at mention of his name, but he has some 12,000 country editors as clients (of whom about 4,000 consider Pat Patterson their personal friend), and through their papers he has a total circulation of more than 30,000,000. Last week, in Chicago, 100 of his 4,000 friends gave Editor Patterson a dinner to celebrate his 50 years with W.N.U.

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