Publishing: Carrying On a Tradition

Not by chance does the Chattanooga Times closely resemble the New York Times, right down to the headline type.

The papers share a common ancestry that goes back to 1878, the year that a onetime itinerant printer named Adolph Ochs paid $250 for a half-interest in the Tennessee daily. Ochs did so well that soon he owned the whole paper. By 1896 he was emboldened to expand. For $75,000 he acquired what was then New York City's most feeble daily, the Times.

Apprentice to Publisher. Long before his death, Adolph Ochs arranged that both papers would stay in the family. With only...

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