Schaefer publishes newspaper listing his achievements

January 10, 1995|By John W. Frece | John W. Frece,Sun Staff Writer

William Donald Schaefer has never liked the way newspapers have covered him, so yesterday Maryland's outgoing governor put out a glossy, 24-page newspaper of his own.

The slick tabloid-style publication is Mr. Schaefer's rendition of his own Greatest Hits, a recitation of accomplishments he claims during his eight years in office -- from improving the Chesapeake Bay to job creation through trade missions, from building highways to curbing teen pregnancies by urging sexual abstinence.

"It is customary, if not traditional, for retiring governors to put together end-of-term publications. That's what this is," said the governor's press secretary, Joseph L. Harrison.

Mr. Harrison said the governor chose the full-color, 11- by 17-inch format because he thought it would be more readable than "the big heavy books [produced by other governors] that few people read and that just collect dust."

In the center, on "The Publisher's Page," Mr. Schaefer editorializes on his view of government and his "do it now" philosophy, and ends with a glowing assessment of the state he has led since 1987.

Mr. Harrison said 5,000 copies of the publication, called Maryland Times, were printed at a cost of $18,000, or about $3.60 per copy. Copies will be distributed to the nation's other governors, to all 188 members of the General Assembly, to the press, to Schaefer supporters and to those "who have contributed to the accomplishments over the years," Mr. Harrison said.

Stacks of the publication also will be sent to each state agency to distribute to constituent groups as they see fit, he said.

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