Another icon bites the dust

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I know I am dating myself but I was saddened to read that “Weekly Reader” will no longer be printed.  Scholastic, which purchased the school newspaper earlier this year, will be incorporating it into their Scholastic News.  Of the current 60 employees, who are based in White Plains, only 5 will remain.

“Weekly Reader” and its predecessor “My Weekly Reader” was first published in 1902.  At its peak, it was read by two-thirds of all children in grammar school.  For about the last twenty years readership has fallen.  Last February it was purchased from its owners, Reader’s Digest, by Scholastic.

I was one of those grammar school kids who read the “Weekly Reader” which was jammed full of information that was truly up-to-the week.  Before the Internet, it made available to kids the latest maps of a then geographically changing world.  Perhaps it outlived its usefulness, but still it is sad to see it go.

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