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his coming down in 1947 or 1948, it might have been, and editing for a month. He had one hell of a time. He didn't realize that the machine had sort of taken over the process in the sense that you had multiple closings in one issue and you were actually closing color pages in an issue five weeks ahead or three weeks ahead. So that the managing editor had to be thinking in terms of three, four, five issues at a time. He was being told, “you've gotta close the tail-end of this story today, but remember, please, what is it you wanna do about the color-essay in the issue five weeks hence?” This got to be too much for Harry and he retired from the scene and never really came down to edit again.


What about in his influence on editorial?


Well, he had a large influence in editorial particularly on the editorial page. I think it was at that point that Davenport had started writing the editorial page, which became sort of the spokesperson for Time Incorporated, given that there wasn't any editorial page in Time. This was a major interest of his. His other major interest was in theorizing about how the magazine should appear, be run, attitudes, attitudes and interests. He was terribly interested in everything that was going on in the world. He was terribly curious about everything. So the result of that curiosity was forever spilling over onto the magazine.


His using the editorial page as a proprietor would, did this increase the political schism on the editorial staff that you had

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