The Press: War Horse to Pasture

One July day in 1938, thumbing through a pile of story clips, City Editor Harry F. Reutlinger of Hearst's Chicago evening American turned up an item reporting that a missing U.S. flyer named Douglas Corrigan had been sighted off the Irish Coast. Reutlinger promptly put in transatlantic phone calls to all three of Ireland's major airports, kept all three lines open until Corrigan landed at Dublin and took the call. "Fly the wrong way?" prompted Reutlinger, mindful that Corrigan, before taking off from New York, had given Los Angeles as his destination. "I sure did," said the fellow who soon...

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