The Press: Succession in Kansas City

For 35 years, Roy Roberts' throne has stood at the far end of the newsroom of the Kansas City Star, as immovable a fixture as Roberts' 200 Ibs. But last week, with a regal grace, the Star's president and executive editor eased both his bulk and his throne 10 ft. to the right. Into his old place moved Roberts' anointed successor: Editor Richard B. Fowler, a quiet, unassuming man of 60 who has spent 32 years in Roy Roberts' considerable shade.

Like most royal successions, the Star's was likely to change little more than the names on the palace stationery. "Hell, I...

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