Nation: He Ran the Course

At last, after a year of preparations and frustrations, the first issue of TIME, dated March 3, 1923, was going to press. Soon after midnight, with Briton Hadden in command, almost the entire editorial staff was transported in three taxis from East 40th Street to the Williams Press at 36th Street and Eleventh Avenue, New York. There, until dawn, we stood around the "stones" (tables) of the composing room. Under Hadden's direction we wrote new copy to fill holes, we rewrote to cut and to fit, and...

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