The Press: Two Friends and A Promise

Fifteen years ago neat, bespectacled Ralph Nicholson and brisk, blue-eyed Clayton Fritchey were ambitious "boy wonders" on the Scripps-Howard Pittsburgh Press. Nicholson, assistant business manager, dreamed of a paper of his own. Fritchey, assistant managing editor, dreamed of being editor in chief of a big city daily. When they parted in 1931, Nicholson promised Fritchey: "When I do get my paper, you'll be the editor."

This week 45-year-old Ralph Nicholson, owner-publisher of the New Orleans Item, named a new editor in chief: 40-year-old Clayton Fritchey.

Chickens on the Third Floor. Pipe-smoking Publisher Nicholson*...

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