By: Joe Strupp
How many newspapers can boast that they were around to editorialize in favor of the “proposed” U.S. Constitution, printed the Bill of Rights prior to its passage, and ran ads offering a reward from George Washington for anyone who helped catch Whiskey Rebellion tax protesters?
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for one. And for those interested in such tidbits about the paper’s 220-year history, and others, a new book about the daily is here.
“Front-Page Pittsburgh” by Clarke M. Thomas, a senior editor at the paper and a 43-year newspaper veteran, claims to offer a complete history of the daily, from is start in July 1786 as the Pittsburgh Gazette to its ongoing efforts today. Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, it hits bookstores Feb. 6.