PART H

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MATTOON'S NEWSPAPER HISTORY-TECHNOLOGY DESCRIBED

 

William B. Hamel Jr. became president of Mattoon Journal Company in 1956. He would also be the publisher of the Journal-Gazette until 1973.

ROBERT S. HOWARD PURCHASES BOTH MATTOON AND CHARLESTON PAPERS

Howard Publications of California would own the more local Coles Publishers Inc. to which the Journal-Gazette and Charleston Times-Courier were under. A new 14,000 square foot building at 100 Broadway was built to house the printing and publishing business. Both papers would come out of Mattoon. The old Charleston Courier office would remain open as a business office for Charleston customers. In 1976, the last Journal-Gazette was printed in the old building.

PERFORATED TAPE USED TO COMPOSE PAPER

The old noisy linotype machines were replaced with the modern OCR (optical character recognition) scanners would be used to read letter codes under each character typed by reporters on especially designed electric typewriter. Strips of perforated tapes were used to print the paper.

OCR SYSTEM IS GONE TOO!
In the mid 1970's, the OCR tape machines were also replaced with a VDT (video display terminal) system. Small keyboard/monitors  (much like computers) were used to write the news. This information was sent to a larger computer, for final composing. This information •would be edited on a monitor screen by the editor, and then sent to a machine to expose the pages on photographic paper and transposed into "cold" type as would have been done by the old-fashioned methods before. It's kind of funny how modern ways still end up old-fashioned. The end line is that if the ink isn't good and clear, the paper won't be clear, and subscribers will gripe.

MATTOON'S NEWSPAPER HISTORY INCLUDED OTHER SMALLER VENTURES

 

The Mattoon Commercial was published from 1867-1912.The Mattoon Star published from 1889-1911. The combined Mattoon Commercial-Star was published from 1911-?  There was a weekly Star and a morning Star, but these were discontinued. Some of the individuals who led these publications were:

 

Ebenezer Noyes (Mattoon Commercial);

a Boofcwalter (Commercial);

Adolph Sumerlin (Commercial);

Edward F. Poorman (Commercial);

John & James Cunningham (Mattoon Star);

AX. Hereford (Star);

Wilbur B. Hinds & I.B. Hinds (Star);

M.P. House (Commercial-Star).

 


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