The Visionary Behind the Newseum
Best known for creating USA TODAY, Al Neuharth built Gannett from a group of small local newspapers into one of the nation's largest media companies. As company chairman from 1973 to 1989, Neuharth advocated hiring and promoting women and minorities to make newsrooms more diverse. He also founded the Newseum and the Freedom Forum, the nonpartisan foundation that champions the First Amendment and is the Newseum's principal funding source.
On this typewriter, Newseum founder Al Neuharth drafted a memo about starting a national daily newspaper, USA TODAY, which launched in 1982. The newspaper's splashy graphics and short articles reinvented the traditional news format. The letter seen here is a replica.