Press: The Final Condensation

DeWitt Wallace: 1889-1981

There is no story that cannot be condensed, said DeWitt Wallace, and he spent a lifetime proving it. When he died of pneumonia last week, at the age of 91. Reader's Digest, the magazine he founded in 1922, was the most successful monthly in the world, published in 16 languages with a global circulation of more than 30 million and an estimated readership of 100 million. For him, shorter really was better, and when he was asked what he wanted as an epitaph, he said, briefly: "The final condensation."

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