It was on this day (February 27) in 1939 that Fortune magazine published a survey-based article concluding, "it appears practically impossible for [President Franklin D.] Roosevelt to be re-elected in 1940." Roosevelt ultimately defeated his Republican opponent, Wendell Willkie, with 54.7 percent of the popular vote and 449 electoral votes to Willkie's 82.
"Whenever I hear a writer cursing the editors I know at once that I am listening to a failure. One editor makes mistakes, but the body of editors reaches the high average of truth in its common judgment. If the majority of the well-informed and keen-eyed editors reject your literature, the chances are great that your writing is worthless and that you had better take up some other calling." — Novelist and journalist Maurice Thompson, 1886.
"Researchers live by numbers. An editor lives by instinct. It isn't infallible, but nothing is. One must remember that to some extent an editor is paid to make mistakes; if he doesn't make a few once in a while he's playing everything too safe, which is no prescription for success." — Herbert R. Mayes, onetime editor of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and McCall's, among other magazines, in his 1980 memoir, "The Magazine Maze."
"The smartest editor who ever edited never got up a magazine every part of which was of equal merit. No editor ever will." — Publisher Frederic L. Colver in Leslie's Magazine, 1904. Among other magazines Colver seems to been associated with was Boys' Life.
It was on this day (February 22) in 1901 that Rounsevelle Wildman, former editor of the Overland Monthly, died in the sinking of the steamship City of Rio de Janeiro off San Francisco. Wildman had more recently served as the U.S. counsel general to Hong Kong. Wildman's wife and two children were also reported as among the 122 victims of the disaster, which occurred when the ship hit a rock in dense fog.
"Men are divided everywhere into two classes. They live in two houses—the house of 'do' and the house of 'don't.' It is for the former that the American magazine must be written. The latter, who spend their time wailing about the faults of their homeland and crying that this Republic is all wickedness, do not deserve magazines." — Walter Hines Page, editor of The World's Work and a former editor of The Atlantic Monthly, 1901. Page was later a U.S. ambassador.
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.