Bernstein, Get Your Hands Off My Rolodex

No way, the woman said. And she outlasted Bernstein at ABC.

A few of her other comments:

Part Two: Kay Graham Before the Pentagon Papers—She Had a Feeling for First-Rateness in People

A March 4 post, “Kay Graham Before the Pentagon Papers—She Was Learning Not to Be Invisible,” was excerpted from the first part of a September 1967  profile of Mrs. Graham by author Judith Viorst. This post, from the same Washingtonian story, is drawn from the last part of the profile. The story was published four years after the death of Mrs. Graham’s husband Phil and four years before the Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers, subject of the movie, “The Post,” which stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Kay Graham Before the Pentagon Papers: “She Was Learning Not to Be Invisible”

This Kay Graham photo, by Cecil Beaton, was the story’s lead art.

In September 1967, author Judith Viorst profiled Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham for the Washingtonian. The story was published four years after she became publisher of the Post, following the death of her husband Philip, and four years before the Pentagon Papers, her first great test as publisher. The cover headline: “Kay Graham Blossoms.” Here are the opening grafs of the profile:

Another Way to Look at Writer’s Block

Do you ever suffer from creative block? And if so, what do you do to overcome it?

I embrace it. When you are blocked, you know you have something to do. And also it is not a permanent condition. A block basically leads you elsewhere and very frequently that is precisely what is needed. A block comes from doing the same thing too many times and running out of gas. As I frequently quote Picasso, “Once you’ve mastered something, you can abandon it.”

From an interview, “Milton Glaser on his most iconic works and the importance of ethics in design,” on Creative Boom, an art and design blog based in the United Kingdom.

The Grahams in Washington: Don Joined the Post the Year Kay Was Becoming a Real Publisher

Don and Kay Graham in the 1980s.

Don Graham went to work as a reporter for the family newspaper, the Washington Post, in 1971—the year of the Pentagon Papers. His mother, Katharine, known as Kay, had taken over the Washington Post Company in 1963 after the death of her husband, Philip Graham, but everyone knew Don eventually would run the paper. Back in 1954, when Don was nine, the Post bought and closed the Times-Herald, its morning competition, and Kay’s father, Eugene Meyer, famously said, “This will make the paper safe for Donny.”

Learning to Write for Your Readers

From a Washington Post obit, by Harrison Smith, of Cynthia Heimel, an author and sometime journalist:

She also had a short-lived stint as a columnist at the New York Daily News, where she said an editor once summoned her to his office and scolded her: “Our readers are slobs. You have to write slobbistic.”

When a High School English Teacher Gave One of Our Stories an F

At the Washingtonian I always thought that writers, not editors, made the magazine successful so when it came to editorial spending I tried to spend as little as possible on full-time editors. That meant sometimes we needed editing help to get an issue out and we used part-timers.

One of our full-time editors had been the head of the English department at a top DC private school and one time when we needed help he said that the man who had succeeded him at the school might be looking for summer work. We arranged a part-time deal and sent the English teacher a story to edit. A note in my files from our managing editor on what happened:

How the National Enquirer Made Its Readers Happy—and Sort of Created a Roadmap for Digital Journalism

The Enquirer in the 1970s.

From a brochure once sent to journalists to solicit stories for The National Enquirer, then America’s largest circulation newspaper.

Make Big Money: Freelance for The National Enquirer.

The Enquirer is an exciting, vibrant paper anxious to make you richer and the reader happier. Please take this opportunity to take part in making us even bigger and better.

What is The National Enquirer looking for? Great features, packed with emotion, color, and masses of good quotes.

Our stories make readers react. We should surprise them…excite them…make them laugh…make them cry…touch their hearts…and sometimes even make them angry. The great feature is one a reader will talk about.

When Michael Wolff Met Larry Page and Sergey Brin: “There’s Just No Way They Cannot Screw It Up”

Michael Wolff,  then the media columnist for Vanity Fair, was the keynote speaker for a February 2005 “SIAA Information Industry Summit” in New York. Here’s how Wolff started his speech:

Covering Billy Graham: “I Know Who You Are. I Pray for You Every Day”

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.

By Wesley G. Pippert

When Billy Graham came to Chicago in the early 1960s, UPI assigned me to cover the news conference in which he would announce his plans for a crusade.