The Press: Summing Up

In west Texas, the five or six daily editorials in the Abilene Reporter-News (circ. 35,241) are often as important conversational topics as oil, cotton, cattle and sandstorms. The folksy, shrewd comments on politics, literature, science and almost everything else are the work of Frank Grimes, the tall (6 ft. 3 in.), cadaverous editor of the Reporter-News. Last week, Editorialist Grimes, 58, celebrated his 35th year on the paper by summing up "15,000,000 words later" everything he had learned about editorial writing.

"The longer the editorial," wrote Grimes, "the fewer the readers . . . It is much easier to write a long...

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