Town Crier File Photo
The Big Three: Town Crier publishers past and present, from left, Paul Nyberg, Mort Levine and David MacKenzie
The Los Altos Town Crier turns 70 years old this month. Sept. 9, to be exact, was the date of the paper’s first issue – a hand-drawn four-pager filled 100 percent with advertising. In fact, the Town Crier would be a “shopper” for several years before finding editorial content.
The good old days
The two men behind the Town Crier’s founding in 1947 were characters, to say the least. David MacKenzie and Warren Good- rich were witty, highly talented gentlemen with a gift for subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) iconoclasm. In his 2001 autobiography, “An Artist’s Life,” Goodrich called the Town Crier “a tabloid shopper.”