The Press: Actor Turns Columnist

Orson Welles, 29, precocious master of a number of trades—and jack of several more—apprenticed himself to a new one: newspaper columning. This week his first effort appeared in eleven papers (The New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Detroit News, etc.), all of whom bought him sight unseen. What they got were 1) excerpts from Welles's favorite reading, the Farmer's Almanac; 2) handy hints about cooking; 3) cocksure remarks about foreign affairs; 4) personal chitchat.

The first day Welles committed the high journalistic sin of describing an event before it happened. His column, written...

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