The Press: And a Damn Good Cook

To the 721,000 readers of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, the week was both grim and racy. It was a week of murder, suicide, kidnaping, drowning, robbery, accident, divorce—an ordinary week. The Herald-Examiner's 40 reporters had once again discovered man's plight and told of it with inky excitement and a taste of gore. Then, in the din and jangle of their city room, they had submitted their findings to City Editor Agness ("Aggie") Underwood, who at 59 ranks unrivaled as the Ma Parker of American journalism.

Matronly and shrill, Aggie seems an anomaly in the Herald-Examiner's mannish, prankish city room. But in her...

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