Newspapers: Farewell, Traveler

"Every time they opened a new superhighway," said George Akerson, publisher of the Boston Traveler, "we got kicked in the teeth. If you go home on a train, you read a newspaper. If you go in a car, you don't."

Akerson also faced a problem that is rare in U.S. cities these days: plenty of rival newspapers. Three newspapers are published in Boston each morning, and three competed with the Traveler in the afternoon. No fewer than four separate managements cranked out 19 editions each weekday. Overcome by it all, Akerson announced last week that the Trav- eler will stop...

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