B. Hamel Jr. became president of Mattoon
Journal Company in 1956. He would
the publisher of the Journal-Gazette until
ROBERT S. HOWARD PURCHASES BOTH MATTOON AND
Howard Publications of California would own
local Coles Publishers Inc. to which the
Journal-Gazette and Charleston
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
for Charleston customers. In 1976, the last
Journal-Gazette was printed in the old
PERFORATED TAPE USED TO COMPOSE
The old noisy linotype machines were
replaced with the modern OCR (optical
recognition) scanners would be used to read
under each character typed by reporters on
especially designed electric typewriter.
perforated tapes were used to print the paper.
SYSTEM IS GONE TOO!
In the mid 1970's, the OCR tape machines
were also replaced with a VDT (video display
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
Mattoon Commercial was published from
Mattoon Star published from 1889-1911.
The combined Mattoon Commercial-Star
was published from 1911-? There was a
morning Star, but these were discontinued.
Some of the individuals who led these
Ebenezer Noyes (Mattoon Commercial);
a Boofcwalter (Commercial);
Edward F. Poorman (Commercial);
John & James Cunningham
AX. Hereford (Star);
Wilbur B. Hinds & I.B. Hinds (Star);