The Press: Final Edition

The insistent ringing of the telephone woke George W. ("Bud") Roe, portly, red-faced managing editor of Hearst's Oakland (Calif.) Post-Enquirer, at 7 a.m. one day last week. On the line was his publisher, Ingraham Read, with an eye-opening message. Said Read: "We're closing the paper today."

For some 375 other employees of the Enquirer (circ. 72,970), the news came later, but in a manner just as startling. As the day's first edition and the paper's last rolled from the presses, a neat little announcement was pinned to the bulletin board: the paper was closing...

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