Henry Luce
American publisher
Henry Luce
Henry Robinson Luce, a magazine publisher, was called "the most influential private citizen in the America of his day. " He launched and closely supervised a stable of magazines that transformed journalism and the reading habits of upscale Americans.
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Remembering the destroyers-for-bases deal - CNN (blog)
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As non-interventionists in Congress looked for ways to keep FDR from embroiling the country in war, a group of prominent Americans that included Time magazine publisher Henry Luce and columnist Joseph Alsop looked for a way that the president could
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analysisWhat's the Big Idea? - CBC.ca
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At the same time, publishers like Henry Luce, with his giant, middlebrow magazines such as Time and Fortune, made thinkers hot shots. Talk about your Big Ideas!Talk about your Big Ideas! Reuters Now, the argument goes, we only puzzle over things like
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How Reagan Created Reaganomics - The New American
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Other bonesmen include US President William Howard Taft, McGeorge Bundy (National Security Assistant to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson), Morrison R. Waite (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), Henry Luce (Time-Life), Harold Stanley (founder of Morgan
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Fighting Back Against China's Scholars Blacklist - Wall Street Journal (blog)
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As Bloomberg notes, the book was actually funded by a Henry Luce Foundation grant. But Millward's main point is that the universities employing the authors didn't do enough to support their blacklisted scholars. ”I encountered an institutional urge to
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Japanese and Chinese Aesthetics and Woodblock Printing - US-China Institute
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It is made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Confucius Institute, and Office of the Senior Vice
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Multicultural and global education highlighted - SignOnSanDiego.com
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Alliant University and the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are two of eight institutions across the country selected to participate in the project, which is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are the only
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WSU named to diversity/internationalization project - WSU Today
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"At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments” is an American Council on Education (ACE) project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Along with seven other institutions, WSU will explore connections between on-campus
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Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down - Appleton Post Crescent
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The $50000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will support the development of new classes, research projects and study-abroad opportunities, all related to China and to environmental studies. The new programs will be a boon to Lawrence students and
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This day in sports history: Dolphins' first swim, other great moments - Yahoo! Sports
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Begun as the brainchild of Time magazine patriarch Henry Luce, the new sports magazine was meant not just to be a sports magazine but the sports magazine, and although it struggled early on, Luce's genius (especially in light of the incredible
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Lauren Keane, Benjamin Shaw
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Lauren Alexandra Keane and Benjamin Harris Shaw are to be married Sunday in Center Tuftonboro, N.H. Jocelyn Alt of the Religious Society of Friends is to lead a nondenominational ceremony at a cabin owned by the bridegroom's godparents, Carol Steinman and Dr. Theodore Steinman. Ms. Keane, 30, is keeping her name. She works at The Washington Post,
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Lessons of the debt deal -- politics in the age of American decline - MinnPost.com
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Time magazine founder Henry Luce once declared post World War II dominance of the United States the American Century. America's economic dominance financed its political and military supremacy, giving it the leverage to affect world politics
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Joseph Heller Biography Catches the Man - New York Observer
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By the mid-'50s, when he was in his 30s, Heller had abandoned academe for Madison Avenue, where he got a job writing copy for Henry Luce. (Heller's second novel, Something Happened, was an inspiration for Mad Men.) Here, Heller learned to drink
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Could this be the end of America's economic supremacy? - Daily Mail
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Seventy years ago, the publisher Henry Luce claimed that the 20th century would be remembered as the 'American Century'. By and large, he was right. Having caught up with Britain in the dying years of the Victorian age, the US had forged ahead in the
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How Murdoch can save his empire - The News Journal
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o save his media empire and cleanse his badly stained reputation, Rupert Murdoch should mimic Henry Luce. In 1942, the Time magazine founder asked University of Chicago President Robert Hutchins to head up a commission to examine the role and duties of
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The Last Act of the American Century - ISN
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Back in 1941, the publisher Henry Luce wrote that Americans should "accept wholeheartedly our duty to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit." That was the essence of the
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Lawrence University: Awarded $50000 grant for new "Sustainable China" initiative - Wisbusiness.com
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A $50000 grant from the New York City-based Henry Luce Foundation will support the development of new Lawrence University courses, study-abroad opportunities and collaborative research projects in China, all with an environmental focus,
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NY's Rubin Museum gets $270K grant - Wall Street Journal
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AP NEW YORK — A New York City museum recognized for its collection of Himalayan art has been awarded a $270000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the study of Tibetan Buddhist painting. The museum announced Thursday that the three-year grant
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Henry Luce
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1967
    Age 68
    He died in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Henry Luce Foundation, he died suddenly at age 68 while visiting his home on Fishers Island, New York, of cardiac arrest. At his death, he was said to be worth $100 million in Time Inc. stock. Most of his fortune went to the Henry Luce Foundation. During his life, Luce supported many philanthropies such as Save the Children Federation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and United Service to China, Inc. He is interred at Mepkin Plantation in South Carolina. He was honored by the United States Postal Service with a 32¢ Great Americans series (1980–2000) postage stamp. Mr. Luce was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 1977. Designed by I. M. Pei, the Luce Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Tunghai University, Taiwan, was constructed in memoriam of Henry Luce's father.
  • 1964
    Age 65
    Luce, who remained editor-in-chief of all his publications until 1964, maintained a position as an influential member of the Republican Party.
    More Details Hide Details An instrumental figure behind the so-called "China Lobby", he played a large role in steering American foreign policy and popular sentiment in favor of Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Soong Mei-ling, in their war against the Japanese. (The Chiangs appeared in the cover of Time eleven times between 1927 and 1955.) It has been reported that Luce, during the 1960s, tried LSD and reported that he had talked to God under its influence. Once ambitious to become Secretary of State in a Republican administration, Luce penned a famous article in Life magazine in 1941, called "The American Century", which defined the role of American foreign policy for the remainder of the 20th century (and perhaps beyond). An ardent anti-Soviet, he once demanded John Kennedy invade Cuba, later to remark to his editors that if he did not, his corporation would act like Hearst during the Spanish–American War. The publisher would advance his concepts of US dominance of the "American Century" through his periodicals with the ideals shared and guided by members of his social circle, John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State and his brother, director of the CIA, Allen Dulles. To highlight the cozy extent of their alliance, rumors swirled that the publisher shared the wartime mistress of the spymaster with Clare Booth Luce.
  • FORTIES
  • 1944
    Age 45
    Luce, supported by Editor-in-Chief T. S. Matthews, appointed Whittaker Chambers as acting Foreign News editor in 1944, despite the feuds that Chambers had with reporters in the field.
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  • 1943
    Age 44
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt, aware that most publishers were opposed to him, issued a decree in 1943 that blocked all publishers and media executives from visits to combat areas; he put General George Marshall in charge of enforcement.
    More Details Hide Details The main target was Luce, who had long opposed Roosevelt. Historian Alan Brinkley argued the move was "badly mistaken" and said had Luce been allowed to travel, he would have been an enthusiastic cheerleader for American forces around the globe. However, stranded in New York City, Luce's frustration and anger expressed itself in blatant partisanship.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1935
    Age 36
    Luce had two children, Peter Paul and Henry Luce III, with his first wife, Lila Hotz. He married his second wife, Clare Boothe Luce in 1935, who had an 11-year-old daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw, whom he raised as his own.
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  • 1930
    Age 31
    Luce launched the business magazine Fortune in February 1930 and acquired Life in order to relaunch it as a weekly magazine of photojournalism in November 1936; he went on to launch House & Home in 1952 and Sports Illustrated in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details He also produced The March of Time weekly newsreel. By the mid 1960s, Time Inc. was the largest and most prestigious magazine publisher in the world. (Dwight Macdonald, a Fortune staffer during the 1930s, referred to him as "Il Luce", a play on the Italian Dictator Mussolini, who was called "Il Duce").)
  • 1929
    Age 30
    Upon Hadden's sudden death in 1929, Luce assumed Hadden's position.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1925
    Age 26
    In 1925, Luce decided to move headquarters to Cleveland, while Hadden was on a trip to Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Cleveland was cheaper, and Luce’s first wife, Lila, wanted out of New York. When Hadden returned, he was horrified and moved Time back to New York.
  • 1922
    Age 23
    Nightly discussions of the concept of a news magazine led Luce and Hadden, both age 23, to quit their jobs in 1922.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year, they formed Time Inc. Having raised $86,000 of a $100,000 goal, they published the first issue of Time on March 3, 1923. Luce served as business manager while Hadden was editor-in-chief. Luce and Hadden annually alternated year-to-year the titles of president and secretary-treasurer.
  • 1921
    Age 22
    In December 1921, Luce rejoined Hadden to work at The Baltimore News.
    More Details Hide Details Recalling his relationship with Hadden, Luce later said, "Somehow, despite the greatest differences in temperaments and even in interests, we had to work together. We were an organization. At the center of our lives - our job, our function - at that point everything we had belonged to each other."
  • 1920
    Age 21
    After being voted "most brilliant" of his class and graduating in 1920, he parted ways with Hadden to embark for a year on historical studies at Oxford University, followed by a stint as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily News.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Born
    Luce was born in Tengchow, Shandong, China, (now Penglai) on April 3, 1898, the son of Elizabeth Root Luce and Henry Winters Luce, who was a Presbyterian missionary.
    More Details Hide Details He received his education in various Chinese and English boarding schools, including the China Inland Mission Chefoo School. At 15, he was sent to the US to attend the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he edited the Hotchkiss Literary Monthly. It was there he first met Briton Hadden, who would become a lifelong partner. At the time, Hadden served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, and Luce worked as an assistant managing editor. Both went on to Yale College, where Hadden served as chairman and Luce as managing editor of The Yale Daily News. Luce was also a member of Alpha Delta Phi and Skull and Bones.
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