Weeks wrote several books about his experiences as an editor as well as an advice guide for would-be writers called "This Trade of Writing." He may also hold some sort of record for signing books; autographed copies of his works seem as plentiful as unautographed ones.
Today is the birthday of S.S. (Samuel Sidney) McClure born in Ireland on February 17, 1857. After immigrating to the U.S. as as boy, he had a long career in publishing, most notably as founder and editor of McClure's magazine, a huge success in its day. McClure died in 1949.
Benjamin Franklin began publishing his General Magazine and Historical Chronicle, the second magazine in the American Colonies, on this day (February 16) in 1741. Andrew Bradford's American Magazine had made its debut three days earlier. Franklin's magazine did have the honor of enduring longer, publishing for six months to Bradford's magazine's three. Both titles came of of Philadelphia, incidentally, making that city not only the birthplace of independence but of American magazines.
On this day (February 14) in 1950, Laird Shields Goldsborough, former foreign editor of Time magazine, apparently jumped to his death from a ninth-floor window in the Time-Life Building, then at 9 Rockefeller Plaza, wearing a Homburg hat and holding a gold-tipped cane. He was 47. According to a famous New Yorker Profile of his boss, Henry Luce, Goldsborough coined the word "tycoon" (although that seems open to debate).
It was on this day (February 13) in 1741 that Philadelphia printer Andrew Bradford launched the American Magazine, the first magazine in what would become the United States. Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine followed three days later. Magazines being an iffy proposition even then, Bradford's title lasted for three months.
"In general, I believe that it is a good principle of editing to keep an old friend rather than make a new one, but one must try to do both." — Robert Underwood Johnson, editor of The Century, a big-deal magazine in its day, in his memoir "Remembered Yesterdays" (1923).