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February 2, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
As the editor of a national weekly publication, Eddie Clontz always knew what he would do if he received a phone call from someone who said he had a Martian living in his bedroom. It wasn't what other editors would do. "I'd tell the guy, 'Great, we'll send a reporter right over,' " Clontz said in a speech to the Florida Press Club some years ago.
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February 2, 2004 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
As the editor of a national weekly publication, Eddie Clontz always knew what he would do if he received a phone call from someone who said he had a Martian living in his bedroom. It wasn't what other editors would do. "I'd tell the guy, 'Great, we'll send a reporter right over,' " Clontz said in a speech to the Florida Press Club some years ago.
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October 8, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every Monday, Eddie Clontz gets the numbers from 500 supermarkets in 20 cities, and this week the numbers are bad. "MARILYN MONROE WAS A RUSSIAN SPY!" bombed. "I made a mistake on that one," moans Clontz as his newsroom staff nods in agreement. Indeed, sales of Weekly World News' Marilyn cover story, an exclusive that reveals how the Hollywood sex goddess "romanced JFK and Nikita Khrushchev--at the same time!" totaled only 650,000, down 125,000 from usual.
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October 8, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every Monday, Eddie Clontz gets the numbers from 500 supermarkets in 20 cities, and this week the numbers are bad. "MARILYN MONROE WAS A RUSSIAN SPY!" bombed. "I made a mistake on that one," moans Clontz as his newsroom staff nods in agreement. Indeed, sales of Weekly World News' Marilyn cover story, an exclusive that reveals how the Hollywood sex goddess "romanced JFK and Nikita Khrushchev--at the same time!" totaled only 650,000, down 125,000 from usual.
NEWS
February 6, 1989 | From Times wire services and
The Weekly World News went on sale today at supermarkets across the country today showing post-execution photos of serial killer Ted Bundy. Its editor defended the graphic pictures, saying they might deter other would-be killers. "If it is a deterrent to one potential killer, then we were right to publish the photographs," said Eddie Clontz, the managing editor of the National Enquirer's sister publication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1994 | SCOTT HARRIS
Sometimes it's embarrassing to work for the Establishment media. When you get scooped on a big story, your editors are often just too stuffy or stubborn to follow it. Consider the reaction to the most shocking news report to emerge from the Northridge earthquake: "L.A. QUAKE OPENS GATES OF HELL!" If you saw the headline in the Weekly World News, you must have seen its stunning "exclusive photo" of a monstrous creature emerging from the fissure in the freeway.
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November 19, 1993 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weekly World News, a supermarket tabloid whose staples include tales of encounters with space aliens, Bigfoot and Elvis Presley sightings, is coming to CBS. But comedy, rather than sensationalism, will be the focus of the program, lessening the chances for another hoax like the recent one on the supposed discovery of Noah's Ark that embarrassed the network. CBS has ordered two half-hour episodes of "Weekly World News on Television," which are currently being shot in Florida.
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April 23, 1992 | ANDREA HEIMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You don't mean to, but you can't resist. You stop. You look. You nervously lookaround to see who's looking at you looking at it. You scan the page. You need to know what's really going on with Madonna's love life. And what if Satan really has escaped from hell? A quick peek inside the Star, the National Enquirer or maybe the Weekly World News will satisfy that urge. Like the 600-pound Australian farmer who was whisked away by a UFO, you are not alone.
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