The Press: A Rose Is a Columnist

Once he was a shorthand champion who used to take dictation from Bernard Baruch. Now he takes it from nobody. Billy Rose, who is about the size of a Broadway boutonniere, is a self-made showman, songwriter (Million Dollar Baby) and saloonkeeper. He is also a zealous art collector. Last week the bantam Barnum, jack of many a theatrical trade, was mastering a new one. As an offbeat Broadway columnist who pays to be published, he had received offers from two newspaper syndicates who wanted to pay him instead.

Billy Rose spends $1,500 a week...