“When Warren Gamaliel Harding entered the White House in 1921, he brought with him a middleaged, snub-nosed, soft-spoken man named Judson Churchill Welliver. Mr. Welliver was an oldtime Washington correspondent and magazine writer for the late Frank A. Munsey. President Harding put him to work gathering factual material for Presidential addresses, outlining speeches, making ponderous platitudes interesting. So well-trained was he in his craft that Mr. Welliver soon could ape the Harding literary style to the complete bewilderment of the White House newsgatherers. He had another duty: to sit in the executive office lobby and amid much blue cigaret smoke converse in low important tones with older Washington correspondents about White House doings. In each “conversation” was planted the germ-idea of a news story and each story reflected credit upon President Harding.”–Time, 4/8/29

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,732209,00.html#ixzz0zWAo9Zxx

From Jake Fedechko

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