Date: Tue, 19 Sep 1995 12:24:20 -0400
From: Jerry Miller millerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FRANKLINCOLL.EDU
Subject: Re: ?Gordon Bennett
James Gordon Bennett was the publisher of the New York Herald, founding it
in 1835. It was a fairly sensational rag for its time, but it also pioneered
in the field of covering religion and generally is credited for creating
"beats" for reporters to cover.
While Bennett Sr. did some pretty outrageous things in his day, it probably
was his son, James Gordon Bennett Jr., who outdid him and, perhaps, produced
the exclamation you asked about. It was Bennett Jr., for example, who sent
Henry Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone, I presume. I'm not sure who
started the balloon race, however.
Hope this helps a little.
Pulliam School of Journalism
Franklin College (Ind.)
millerj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]franklincoll.edu