The Press: Hoosier Dark Horse

Who would buy the fat, conservative Indianapolis Star with its morning (circ. 128,959) and Sunday (circ. 189,963) monopoly? Since the death, six months ago, of the paper's owner-publisher, John Charles Shaffer, various buyers have been mentioned: Marshall Field, Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick, the Cowles brothers of Des Moines and Minneapolis, Roy Wilson Howard.

Last week control of the Star, for close to $2,500,000, went to none of these. The buyer was tall, crew-cropped Eugene Collins Pulliam, 55, identified more with Hoosier radio than with newspapers (although he publishes the Vincennes Sun Commercial, the...

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