The Press: A Present for the Boss

The staffers of Hearst's Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express wanted to give their boss a birthday present, perhaps a plaid shirt like the gaudy ones he usually wears. Managing Editor John Bayard Taylor Campbell, whose loud & lusty journalism had given the paper (circ. 410,470) its bumptious slogan—"The biggest daily west of Chicago"*—last week was celebrating his 69th birthday and his 50th year in the newspaper business. But when the party-loving reporters got started on the celebration, there was no stopping it.

As unsuspecting Jack Campbell walked into the city room in the...

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