The Seltzer Way

The Seltzer spirit: Boundless energy, in touch with community

By Ray De Crane

Louis B. Seltzer, editor of The Cleveland Press from 1928 to 1966, was a tireless individual. Those half his age would be unable to keep up with his pace. On a typical day, if he was not attending a civic affair at lunchtime, he was giving a speech before a fraternal group, business association, or a neighborhood group. He firmly believed that to be a good editor you had to be in constant touch with the entire community -- not just the leaders and the business establishment, but the "little people" as well. The busy Seltzer topped off his day by invariably attending a dinner meeting where, if he was not the speaker, he was the featured guest who would freely mingle with the crowd. With his long work day -- which extended into the late hours of the night on most occasions, Seltzer was an early riser. When, as assistant city editor, I reported for work at 6 every morning to get ready for the first edition of the day, I invariably found Mr. Seltzer sitting at the City Desk reading the morning paper.

After several months of this, I became curious about how early Seltzer actually arrived and started to come in a little earlier each day. When I got to arriving by 5:30 and still found Seltzer sitting there, I lost interest in the game and reverted to my 6 a.m. starting time.



Last Updated November 2, 1998