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It was a sports magazine that came out and lived for about two years.
It was this size! So he sent it over to me and he says, “Find out if we
can print this way.” So for a few years we were printing this way. We
were successful in that way.
We also decided on special issues, where -- I could get agreement
from Davis on these things. I would come in and say look, “It's going
to cost so much, we're going to do this.” He said, “Go do it.” So we
would do a number of special issues. Shortly after I came to 1199
Marty Solow and I did this. April 1953, it's a special issues in memory
of Franklin Roosevelt. What we did is we ran around to get pictures
and statements -- [Herbert] Lehman, [Sam] Rayburn -- but to get the
pictures because we felt that people, members, no longer remembered
what had happened in the Depression. To go back to -- remember
MacArthur and Eisenhower?
I personally don't remember, but from history --
Yes, from history. But this is an 1199 picture. This is Flint --
this is Memorial Day, this is Flint. Special issue. Labor USA. Special
issue devoted to the story of American labor. Look at the art on this
thing. Look at this stuff. Look at the copy. Everything.
Fantastic photographs -- just terrific.
Suggested readings are also included.
Did you get concrete feedback from members on stuff like this?
People would keep these -- a lot of people keep these. But in
other ways I think that we made a contribution. We would do a lot on
the Images of Labor exhibition -- like around the Bread and Roses
time we did sixteen pages on Images of Labor. We did a great deal,
and I think that we were trailblazers in many ways. We had a long list
-- a mailing list -- from other unions. We were the top award winner in
the ILPA -- the Labor Press Association. When we first came in we
used to win every year. I remember during the 1959 strike, I won the
Silver Anvil award from the Public Relations Association of America on
p.r. during the 1959 strike. I couldn't go to Florida to receive the
award -- somebody was down there. But I have in my office a plaque
on that. Anyway, I did this kind of thing. I think that this is a major
contribution that we made in the field of journalism, of union
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