Carroll History

November 06, 2005

1951: `Sleepy' Westminster takes offense, wakes up

The city of Westminster is incensed with the Ladies Home Journal label of "sleepy" in November 1951. The magazine published an article about a Westminster couple in which it described the couple's hometown as "a sleepy little town of about 6,000." The use of "sleepy" prompted a Westminster Times front-page editorial, which protested against the use of the word, saying it interferes with the town's plans for economic growth. The editorial offered Westminster's incorporation, four-engine Fire Department and the fact that it is home to Western Maryland College and Westminster Theological Seminary as proof of its non-sleepiness. The outcry led the managing editor of Ladies Home Journal to write an apology to the "wide awake" citizens of the town in the Westminster Times in December 1951.

- The Evening Sun, Nov. 10, 1951, and Dec. 6, 1951

Compiled by Sun researcher Shelia Jackson

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