Celebrating 90 Years of WD: Pop Culture

In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’ll be counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the May/June issue, we took a fun look at how pop culture has been reflected in our pages since 1920. The retrospective continues here.
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In 2010, Writer’s Digest will turn 90. To celebrate, we’ll be counting down to our nonagenarian years with a look back at WD history. In the May/June issue, we took a fun look at how pop culture has been reflected in our pages since 1920. The retrospective continues here.

February 1931 cover image (Write ‘em Cowboy, Writing for the Talkies, etc.)

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Spread featuring Walter Cronkite, September 2001 WD

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February 1979 cover image (Judy Blume)

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“Writing Comedy for Jackie Gleason” feature spread w/photo, July 1966, p. 48-49

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“Writing Light Verse Is Heavy” feature page, June 1972 WD, p. 33

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Heds/leads from articles on Andy Rooney, Paul Harvey, November 1984 WD, p. 28

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Editorial Cartoon: The Greeting Card Verse Writer at Home December 1933 WD, p. 17

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“Selling the Farm Markets” Feature Spread w/Art, March 1954 WD, p. 24-25

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“Leave No Turn Unturned: How to Buy a Telephone Answering Machine,” Feature page, December 1983 WD, p. 33

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“Anne Rice” feature spread w/photo, November 1988 WD, p. 40-41

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Ms. Magazine Ad, February 1974, p. 37

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