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Washington Post Hosts Birthday Party for Syndicate

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Washington Post Hosts Birthday Party for Syndicate

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The columnists, artists and staff I of the Washington Post Writers Group celebrated the syndicate's 25th anniversary at a Sept. 15 reception in the Washington Post building.

About 100 people were present for an evening of fun, conviviality arid good-natured boasting. Post publisher Donald Graham joked, "It is through the efforts of the Washington Post Writers Group that we owe the wonderful condition of the country today."

WPWG editorial director/general manager Alan Shearer acknowledged all the syndicate's creators and staff, and praised them for the "quality" of their work.

Post vice president at large Ben Bradlee facetiously told of WPWG's origins. He said the idea to syndicate came as a way to avoid giving David Broder a raise. By selling his columns, he explained, "We pay him more and then split the more with ourselves. This is when I got the reputation as a brilliant businessman."

Bradlee recalled some "hiccups" along the way as WPWG grew, One was a comic strip called "Dupont Circle" that he launched and co-wrote with Larry Stem. …

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