On this day (March 19) in 1924, Kenneth Fearing, University of Wisconsin class of '24, was forced to resign as editor of the school's literary magazine, accused of making it "irritatingly satirical and intolerably misanthropic, sour, and biting." Fearing went on to become a poet and the founding editor of Partisan Review. He also wrote several novels, including "The Big Clock," a thriller involving a murderous magazine publisher, later made into a film starring Charles Laughton and Ray Milland.
In "The Big Clock," Fearing invented not just one fictional magazine, but a skyscraper's worth of consumer and trade publications, with titles including Crimeways, Homeways, Futureways, Personalities, Fashions, The Sexes, Sportland, and Plastic Tomorrow.
Kenneth Fearing died in 1961.