According to Wikipedia, Wilford Hamilton “Captain Billy” Fawcett ran away from his Minnesota home to join the Army at age 16. While a World War I Army Captain, his experience with the Army publication Stars and Stripes gave him the notion to get into publishing when he returned home to Minnesota. His bawdy cartoon and joke magazine, Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang, became the launch pad for a vast publishing empire embracing magazines,comic books, and paperback books.
Here’s the link to read more about Capt. Billy and his culture-changing magazine:
June 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm
I aways remember Captaion Billy’s Whiz Bang from “The Music Man” and wondered what it was. Thanks… now I want to read the thing.
June 3, 2012 at 10:17 am
Thank you for the feedback Bill!