The Press: The Inside Story

Six months after the Houston Post's Cub Reporter Franklin Reed, 21, began covering Houston's draft boards for the Post in 1950, he was himself classified 1-A. City Editor Harry M. Johnston, 32, and a veteran of World War II, was delighted; the classification was just the thing to make Reporter Reed's daily column of draft news seem more authentic. But when weeks passed and Reed was not inducted, City Editor Johnston came to the conclusion that the column was growing monotonous. At Johnston's urging, earnest Reporter Reed asked his board for immediate induction,...

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