The Press: A Crusader Comes to Howell

James C. Turner is a onetime shoe salesman with a chronic sore back. Raised in Texas, exposed for a while to big-city life in Detroit, he decided in 1964, at 42, to become a publisher in a small Michigan town. He chose Howell (pop. 5,000), in Livingston County, halfway between Detroit and Lansing, where the most reliable source of excitement is the annual muskmelon festival. At least it was until James C. Turner turned crusader.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a weekly newspaper (it went under while he was laid up with back trouble), Turner launched a monthly newsmagazine called Today. With...

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