Editors & Publishers: The Captain Takes Command

The sudden and unexpected death of Newsday's hard-driving Editor Alicia Patterson in 1963 left her husband, Captain Harry F. Guggenheim, with a tough problem: Who could be brought in to run the suburban afternoon daily he had founded for his wife? To almost everyone's surprise, the job went to the first person who expressed an interest: Captain Harry himself.

The Captain was already 72 at the time. During his wife's career he had concentrated largely on the business aspects of publishing and left the editorial product almost entirely to her. Aware that he...

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