The Press: Exit Smiling

As country editor and city reporter, Kansas-born Forrest Warren had done his share of picture-chasing and interviewing on stories of sudden death. Then, in 1913, his wife was killed by a train, and another reporter came to interview him. Warren decided that he wanted nothing more to do with that sort of work, promised himself to try instead to write things to make people happy.

In 1926, Warren took his three children and his second wife to California, landed a job on the San Diego Union. From then on, he made a career of helping others.

His folksy, sentimental column, "Half Minute Interviews,"...

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