"But the average ghost story! No, we do not care to have stories of a cat and buried treasure, where the cat rises up as a ghost. Some time ago, a ghost story, if well told, would would sell to nearly any editor. The same, however, is not true to-day. A ghost story without the accompanying explanation of psychic phenomena, is not acceptable." — Trumbull White, editor of The Red Book, in a 1904 interview.
"The common limitation of editors, I think, is inability to get away from the conventional, and the type of thing identified with their particular periodicals." — Channing Pollock, journalist and playwright, in his 1943 autobiography, "Harvest of My Years."
... in 1881, Judge first appeared. A popular satirical weekly that endured for several generations, Judge was founded largely by artists defecting from another well-known humor magazine of the day, Puck. Among the writers Judge gave an early career boost was the future New Yorker humorist and Marx Brothers script writer S. J. Perelman.
... in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York. Though perhaps better known as a trustbuster, big-game hunter, Nobel laureate, and 26th president of the United States, he also distinguished himself as a magazine editor, serving with Metropolitan Magazine, a major title of the day, from 1914 until his death in 1919.
"If a magazine is to be vital, I think it must deal rather frequently with dangerous material." — Ben Hibbs, a longtime editor of The Saturday Evening Post, quoted in The Rotarian magazine in 1961, the year of his retirement.
... in 1925, Al Feldstein was born in Brooklyn. Feldstein became editor of Mad magazine in the mid-1950s and guided it for nearly three decades. Today, after what must be one of the most remarkable career changes of any ex-editor, he is a painter of Western landscapes and wildlife.
On October 23, 1928 newspapers announced that Amelia Earhart had joined Cosmopolitan (then known as Hearst's International combined with Cosmopolitan) as "the country's first magazine aviation editor." Earhart, whose 1937 disappearance over the Pacific remains a mystery, held the post until 1930. A copy of her letterhead from the magazine resides at Purdue's e-Archives.
... in 1937, George Horace Lorimer, longtime editor of the Saturday Evening Post until his retirement two years earlier, died at home in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Perhaps the the most famous and powerful editor of his day, Lorimer also wrote popular books, such as "Letters of a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" (1902). The New York Times reported that the editor left an estate worth in excess of $10 million. He was 69.