"Usually the best way to start an interview with a well-known person is to recall the worst thing you ever heard about him and ask if it is true." — Joseph Mitchell, longtime New Yorker magazine writer, in his book "My Ears Are Bent."
... in 1938, Roy E. Larsen, publisher of Life magazine was acquitted in a Bronx, New York, court on the charge of selling obscene and indecent literature and photographs. The case involved a Life article on the birth of a baby.
"The man who finds time dragging should get an editorial job on some monthly magazine. He would never find himself burdened again with time." — Frank A. Munsey, proprietor of Munsey's magazine, among others, 1914
"The thing about running a magazine is that there is always too much to do. I liked not being in control of my time — I was always busy." — Dominique Browning, former editor of House & Garden magazine, writing about losing her job in The New York Times Magazine, March 28, 2010
... in 1938, newspapers reported that 31-year-old Charles Weiss, editor of anti-Nazi magazine Uncle Sam, published in Brooklyn, N.Y., had been attacked by four alleged Nazis the previous Friday evening. The attackers had allegedly beaten and stripped the editor and painted black swastikas on his body after he refused to kiss a Nazi flag.
... in 1954, newspapers reported on a Senate subcommittee hearing held a day earlier to examine whether violent comic books were responsible for juvenile crime. Publisher William M. Gaines defended a cover drawing on one of his comics, depicting a man with an ax holding a woman's severed head. Asked whether he considered the cover to be in good taste, Gaines testified that he did, adding that showing the woman's neck dripping blood would have been in bad taste. Gaines next found himself defending a drawing of a man choking a woman to death with a crowbar. That fall, Gaines gave up on horror titles and began to focus on a little humor comic called Mad that his company had launched two years earlier. Mad was transformed into a slick magazine in the summer of 1955, in part to put it out of reach of the repressive Comics Code that the industry had adopted after the Senate hearings.
... in 1999, Elizabeth Tilberis, editor in chief of Harper's Bazaar, died at age 51. Her memoir "No Time to Die," published the year before, tells of her battle with ovarian cancer, which ultimately killed her.
"An editor should have a pimp for a brother so he has someone to look up to." — Gene Fowler (1890-1960), presumably referring to newspaper editors.
PS: Interesting piece in The New York Times this past weekend about Robert Whiteman, who owns the old Liberty magazine archive, some of which is reprised at its current online incarnation, Liberty Magazine.com.