The Press: The Cowles World

Rotating majestically, the oblate-spheroid world in miniature dominates the lobbies of the Cowles family's Des Moines Register and Tribune, and its Minneapolis Tribune and Star. The identical globes (6 ft. in diameter, 19 ft. in circumference) turn once every three minutes, display the time of day anywhere on the earth's surface with accessory sets of clocks. For the four Cowles newspapers, the globes have a heart-of-America symbolism that is apt and obvious: far more than any Midwestern rival, the papers emphasize reporting and editorials that attempt to tell how the world is spinning—and...

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