At Chicago in 1934 the impulsive, energetic and aggressive Ralph
W. Babcock, Jr., of Great Neck, N. Y., editor of the
was elected to the presidency. It was printed by the editor and
some of its later issues were among the finest examples of
printing ever produced by an amateur journalist. His
administration, a tempestuous one, was filled with minor
excitement. Elected to the highest office in the association
without experience in the minor offices, he broke all precedents.
Impatient of results, he paid very little attention to personal
feelings or constitutional law. Disagreements with his fellow
officers, demands for resignations, heated arguments were common.
He assumed the office of mailing manager, he removed the
secretary and combined the office with that of treasurer.
He himself at one time resigned, then withdrew his resignation.
The official editor was continually in hot water with the
president and offered his resignation, but it was not accepted.
At one time President Babcock announced he was a candidate for
re-election, and at another that he would never accept another
office in the association. Finally, he became a candidate for