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Arpad
Arpad was a chicken character used to illustrate the humorous weather forecasts H. Allen Smith wrote while working at the New York World-Telegram. The character was created in 1937 by Bill Pause, an artist who worked at the New York World-Telegram and named by H. Allen Smith.
1/11/2006

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Copy-Hook

H. L. Mencken, legendary newspaper editor and eminent journalist from the 1920's, willed his copy-hook to H. Allen Smith. The copy-hook had been severly damaged in the great Baltimore fire of 1904 and H.L. Mencken had to climb to the fifth floor of the burned out Baltimore Herald building to retreive it. H. Allen Smith kept the copy-hook for many years eventually giving it to Martin L. "Red" Gibson, a journalism professor at the University of Texas. Professor Gibson kept the copy-hook for several years and subsequently donated it to the H.L. Mencken Museum in Baltimore. H. Allen Smith wrote about the copy-hook and his friendship and admiration for H.L. Mencken in a short story titled "A Friend in Baltimore" published in A Short History of Fingers and The Best of H. Allen Smith.
6/22/2004

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Weston Barclay

Weston Barclay was the pen name H. Allen Smith occasionally used while working at the New York World-Telegram newspaper from 1936 to 1941. In his Autobiography, To Hell In a Handbasket, H. Allen Smith indicates the name came from the cross streets in front of the World-Telegram building, Weston and Barclay. Low Man on a Totem Pole, one of H. Allen Smith's best known books is dedicated to Weston Barclay.
11/15/2003

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