“Tirana boom today”: Guardian readers on the smartest, funniest headlines | Letters
On your post celebrating the art of headline writing (Making a splash: the best – and funniest – Guardian headlines over 200 years, 13 May), my grandfather, John Putz, was the night editor of the Guardian in the 1960s. John Cole, the editor in 1964, related this anecdote during his funeral. During the night of October 15, 1964, the sub-editors were anxiously crammed into a draft of the next day’s front page. The Soviet Union learned that Nikita Khrushchev was ousted on October 14 and that the Moscow correspondent was guaranteed a front page title for any important story. On October 15, Harold Wilson ousted Alec Douglas-Home as Prime Minister. How to solve the riddle of the first page? Everyone was scratching their heads. From the shadows came the voice of my grandfather: “How about ‘Khrushchev out: Mr. Wilson has entered? – and the presses rolled on.
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
Surely “Sir Vivian Fuchs for Antarctica” (December 6, 1963) deserves an honorable mention?
Steeple Bumpstead, Suffolk
“Tapie Carpeted”, about the troubles of French businessman Bernard Tapie, deserves to be remembered.
Great Barford, Bedfordshire
An article from the 1960s on Albania’s economic growth: “Tirana boom today”.
My favorite from decades ago, referring to a 1960s airplane and prank in a bedroom, about the story of a bursting six-tire jet plane landing at a UK airport: Boeing Boeing Boeing Boeing Boeing Boeing.