COLUMBUS, Ohio — Amid teary-eyed hugs and the popping of champagne corks, staffers of the Citizen-Journal put together the newspaper's final edition.
The paper, a 26-year-old Scripps Howard publication serving 110,000 readers, said "Goodbye Columbus" today with a six-page supplement on the C-J's history--a New Year's Eve special.
"It looks almost like a Mardi Gras," Managing Editor Seymour Raiz observed as he surveyed the city room illuminated by television lights and jammed with outside reporters interviewing his staff.
The newspaper's fate was sealed when Akron-area businessman Nyles V. Reinfeld announced Sunday that he came up $100,000 short of the estimated $1.5 million he needed to keep the newspaper in business. Reinfeld had announced Nov. 15 that he planned to buy the morning newspaper.