World War II and Its Aftermath
War with Japan means industrial revolution in the United States.
The Wall Street Journal
December 8, 1941
ON MARCH 12, 1938, the day Hitler's army marched into Austria, The Wall Street Journal's Paris bureau chief, Charles Hargrove, sent a wire from Berlin. In New York newsman Bill Kerby rewrote the brief cable. He fleshed it out with background and interpretation and prepared to have it appear prominently on page one.
Bill Grimes, managing editor at the time, insisted that this was "not the the Journal's type of story." He wanted Kerby's effort cut and carried as a lead item in the "What's News" summary section.
By chance top man Casey Hogate read a copy of Kerby's article and declared enthusiastically, "This is just the sort of thing we need more of."
"You two are ganging up on me." Grimes groaned.
"Oh," said the unsuspecting Hogate, "what were you planning to do with it?"
"Page one, column one," lied the grinning, outgunned Grimes.
The story became the Journal's first nonfinancial feature page-one column.
A short, gray-eyed man with a soft voice, Bill Grimes spent thirty-