The Press: A Call from Hyde Park

In his Manhattan office one day last February, Otis Lee Wiese, 44-year-old editor and publisher of McCall's, got a telephone call from Hyde Park. The caller, whom Wiese has never identified, cried: "Come quick! The lady's feelings are hurt." Wiese quickly decoded "lady" into Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and took the next train north, convinced that somehow the rival Ladies' Home Journal had underestimated the power of a woman.

Editor Wiese did not underestimate her. He well knew that Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the Journal's star contributors. Her 1937 memoirs (This Is My Story) and monthly question & answer page (If You...

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