Had you ever heard the story of "Will Overhead"?

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  • Harry McNamara - 12 years ago

    I first became aware of Will Overhead while attending an American Press Institute seminar at Columbia University in 1972. Part of the two week seminar was a visit to the New York AP headquarters. In the wireroom I noticed multiple framed copies of the Walsenburg paper posted on the walls. I asked one of the editors what the significance of the headline 'Overhead Wins Indy 500.' He laughed and explained the story and what the term 'will overhead' meant back in the early '30s. The framed copies of the Walsenburg paper were there, he said, as a reminder to all to never take anything for granted when dealing with a client paper. As far as I know, those framed copies are still on display at the AP office in New York City.

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