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WESTBROOK PEGLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/06/1937 - HFSID 18206

Columnist Westbrook Pegler signed this letter, typed on his personalized stationery from Scripp-Howard Newspapers to a New York City correspondent in 1937. In it, he mentions a Goodyear Blimp ride made by fellow columnist and former superior Arthur Brisbane, who died two months previous.

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WESTBROOK PEGLER
Columnist Westbrook Pegler signed this letter, typed on his personalized stationery from Scripp-Howard Newspapers to a New York City correspondent in 1937. In it, he mentions a Goodyear Blimp ride made by fellow columnist and former superior Arthur Brisbane, who died two months previous.
Typed letter signed "Westbrook Pegler". 1 page, 8x10½, on Pegler's personalized stationery at Scripps-Howard Newspapers. March 6, 1937. Addressed to Mr. Mark Jacobs, New York City. In full: "Dear Mr. Jacobs: I am sorry to have taken so long to answer your inquiry of December 28. As you may suspect, I answer corres-pondence infrequently. Mr. Brisbane wrote his column on the ride in the Goodyear Blimp in February or March of 1934. That is as close as I can come to the actual period. Sincerely,". "Mr . Brisbane" is probably ARTHUR BRISBANE (1864-1936) who wrote the popular syndicated column Today from 1917 to his death and who edited the William Randolph Hearst's New York Evening Journal and Mirror and Chicago Herald and Examiner. Pegler, who once worked under Brisbane in Chicago, mentioned this Goodyear Blimp ride in his 1936 column Fair Enough, which he wrote after Brisbane's death. WESTBROOK PEGLER (1894-1969), born James Westbrook Pegler, wrote popular syndicated columns from the 1930s to the 1950s and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1941 for reporting on racketeering in Hollywood labor unions. He began his career while still in high school, working for the United Press, and subsequently reported for the United News (1919-1925) and the Chicago Tribune (1925-33) before becoming a syndicated columnist, eventually reaching around 10 million subscribers. Pegler had a biting and sarcastic writing style, which he used to oppose both fascism in Europe and the New Deal in America and a frequent critic of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor. He became increasingly conservative as his career progressed, eventually targeting the Supreme Court, labor unions, the wealthy, the tax system and, finally, Jews, and was successfully sued for libel by one of his targets, Quentin Reynolds, in 1954. His columns ended in 1962, and he was even dropped from American Opinion, the magazine of the right-wing John Birch Society, for his anti-Semitic views. Lightly toned and creased. Light dents at left edge. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally. Lightly discolored, especially along vertical folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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