The Press: Y-Day

As one of journalism's classic suspense stories ticked toward its climax, most major afternoon dailies took special pains to avoid lagging in the rush to the newsstands. Almost everywhere, alternate front pages waited to be hustled onto the presses. Most featured a grinning President Eisenhower saying YES or a grim-faced Ike under a headlined NO. Some papers even hedged with a third version: MAYBE.

To get the word, a record 311 newsmen and newshens pressed into the old State Department building's Indian Treaty Room past Secret Service men who had to turn away 40...

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