The Press: Elsa at War

"Elsa Maxwell is a stoutish lady who has won something of a national reputation for throwing gay parties.

"On the basis of that rather dubious claim to fame, some 20 impressionable newspapers buy her syndicated wares which are presented in a rather fluffy column to attract what we once called the gum-chewing trade."

Thus, in his first "Publisher's Notebook" column for his newly purchased Chicago Daily News, dynamic John S. Knight launched a blast at civilian complacency in general, at exuberant Elsa Maxwell's recent Hollywood "Victory Party," celebrating the liberation of France, in particular. Concluded Publisher Knight: "I'm afraid it made me retch"...

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