The Press: Stern to Seattle

Three months ago, Oregon Publisher Sheldon F. Sackett was expanding like a pigtailer's wad of bubble gum. In spectacular forays from his home base of Coos Bay, Ore., he grabbed the Vancouver (Wash.) Sun, annexed a weekly and a million-dollar printing plant in Portland, and bought the fading Seattle Star (TIME, April 14). Grandly and glibly, he talked of forging a western chain of Sackett-style dailies.

But by last week Sheldon Sackett was pinched for cash. He hastily unloaded the Portland weekly and implored Smith Davis, the Cleveland newspaper broker, to take the Seattle Star off his hands. This week Davis will...

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