Bruce and Beatrice Gould ended their nearly 30-year run as co-editors of the Ladies' Home Journal, on this day (March 31) in 1962. They turned the magazine over to their handpicked successor, 30-something Curtiss Anderson. Anderson died this past May at the age of 81.
On this day (March 31) in 1916, the Oakland Tribune announced that Howard Wheeler, editor of Everybody's Magazine, had been sued for divorce by his wife of 10 years. In explaining what had come between them, Mrs. Wheeler said, "My husband preferred to spend his time with books."
"So long as an editor remembers that he is working, first and last, for his readers—who are, ultimately, the people who pay him—he usually should be able to resist most temptations, even those of his own ego." — John Fischer, editor of Harper's, 1968.
Ben Hibbs, who is generally credited with revitalizing The Saturday Evening Post, starting in 1942, and who went on to edit it through the prosperous post-war years and into the 1960s, died at age 73 on this day (March 29) in 1975. Before the Post, Hibbs was editor in chief of The Country Gentleman magazine, and post-Post he was an editor at The Reader's Digest. He also had a long journalistic association with fellow Kansan Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In an interview at the time of his retirement, Hibbs told The New York Times, "Magazine editing today is a team job. A magazine no longer reflects some strong individualist like George Horace Lorimer or Edward Bok. The day of the one-man show is gone forever."
Today is the birthday of Norman Hapgood, crusading editor of magazines such as Collier's Weekly and Harper's Weekly, who also served briefly as U.S. ambassador to Denmark. Hapgood was born in Chicago on March 28, 1868. His memoir is "The Changing Years" (1930).
"If an editor ever feels a thrill of real intellectual pleasure it is when he finds an author who is unknown and who has literary impressiveness. " — Henry Mills Alden, editor of Harper's and often referred to as "the dean of American magazine editors," interviewed in The New York Times in 1905.
"The good editor ought to be able to see just how far each phase of development in our life has advanced, and then to point out how it can go a little further." — Walter Hines Page, editor of The World's Work magazine and a former editor of The Atlantic Monthly, speaking at a 1901 dinner at New York's Waldorf-Astoria devoted to the topic of "The American Magazine."
"Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers." — Gloria Steinem, magazine writer and editor and a founder of Ms. magazine. Steinem was born on this day (March 25) in 1934, in Toledo, Ohio.
"A magazine is not a piece of merchandise to be traded over a bargain counter. A magazine, if it is any good, is a human relationship between editors and readers, nothing more. To the extent that it is owned by anyone, it is owned by the people who read it and believe in it. They give it something more important than dollars. They give it continuity and respect." — Norman Cousins, longtime editor of the Saturday Review, reflecting on the sale of New York Magazine in 1977.