Part I: The Seltzer Way

5. Marion Seltzer: Guardian of Good Taste

Marion Seltzer, the loving wife of Editor Seltzer, probably had a bigger impact on the content of The Press than even she realized. All it took was a comment from the editor at the morning staff meeting that Marion didn’t like the tone or some of the language used in a story of the previous day’s paper, for all those in attendance to make a mental note.

From that moment on, during the editing of stories the various editors would hesitate and think, “Would Marion approve of this?” If there was any uncertainty, the language would be changed.

If Mrs. Seltzer were alive today, I often wonder what she would think of the nudity and foul language which is so prevalent today.


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