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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

IF IT WASN'T FOR BAD NEWS...WOULDN'T BE NO NEWS AT ALL!

Back when the city of Worcester, Massachusetts had 3 daily newspapers, publishers Austin Christy and Theodore Ellis along with their editorial staff at the Worcester Telegram took the role of the sensationalist rag in town, packing the front page with more murder and mayhem than you find in the average copy of the "National Enguirer." Here's a sample of a front page from 1924, a year before the paper was sold to Harry Stoddard and George Booth. Those were the days of cut-throat competitive journalism like you see in old movies. The other papers competing with the Telegram were the Evening Gazette and the Worcester Post, another evening news source and the only Democratic Party voice of the three. The Telegram survives to this day with the Gazette having been discontinued in the 80's and the Post a distant memory that folded in 1938.