Front matter from The Years Were Good

[from cover of jacket]


LOUIS B. SELTZER, Editor, The Cleveland Press

Editor-in-Chief, Scripps-Howard Newspapers of Ohio

With an introduction by BRUCE CATTON

[from inside the book jacket]

The Years Were Good



"I have been singularly blessed," says Louis B. Seltzer, "to work in a profession I love, in my home city which I worship, at the side of the only girl I have ever known. It has been, and it is, an exciting, lifting, exhilarating life. And I can truthfully say that the years were good." This life and those years are shared with you in the pages of this book by a man who would be remarkable at any time in history and is doubly remarkable in today's high-tension and hard-boiled world. Reading what he has to say of himself, of his career, of his work, of his philosophy, is to find yourself thinking of the quiet sages of another era. It is hard to believe that the simple philosophy of "love they neighbor" could be lived so fully on the public stage on which Louis B. Seltzer has been active for the last forty years.

Consider some of the elements of this life. Born of poor parents in Cleveland, Ohio, raised and educated there, and still living there, he has been a newspaperman since he was thirteen years old. At nineteen he was made City Editor of The Cleveland Press, and since 1928, when he was only thirty-one, he has been its Editor. His life has been dedicated to his home town -- and to his newspaper. He has fought corruption, broken up racketeering rings, sparked drives which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for veterans' hospitals and disaster relief, and has actively helped "make" some of Ohio's most distinguished public officeholders. He has himself turned down an appointment to the United States Senate, and innumerable offers of bigger jobs in bigger cities. For to him the fact that he is affectionately known to tens of thousands of men and women as "Mr. Cleveland" is the most important fact in his life.

When you have finished reading the warm and personal story of this newspaperman's newspaperman you will find yourself wishing that there could be men like Louis B. Seltzer on every newspaper in the country - men so dedicated to their town and their work that they have become symbols in their own lifetime.

BRUCE CATTON, in his Introduction, says: "You don't always know, at the moment, when you are brushing elbows with somebody special. I first say Louis B. Seltzer one summer day, thirty-five years ago or thereabouts, when as a very junior reporter I was covering the Cuyahoga County Court House for The Cleveland News. ... it was quite a few years before I realized that I had then met one of the most remarkable men whom the rather unusual city of Cleveland has produced in this century. ... This career has had an impact which has often driven strong men to use of very strong language, but its effect has been very good indeed. It would be possible to argue that he is today the best and most effective newspaper editor in America."

Jacket design by H. Lawrence Hoffman.

[from the title page]


By Louis B. Seltzer




Cleveland and New York

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Library of Congress catalog card number: 56-10431




Copyright 1956 by Louis B. Seltzer. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher, except for brief passages quoted in a review appearing in a newspaper or magazine. Manufactured in the United States of America. Designed by Philip Grushkin.