Headlines and Legends
William Brink, the former Daily News managing editor who wrote the screamer for the October 30, 1975 edition, died this Summer; His obit included this newspaper moment:
On Oct. 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford ruled out federal aid for the city to prevent an unprecedented default. Using a pencil on sheets of newsprint paper, Brink wrote, "DROP DEAD," then, above it, "FORD TO CITY."The rest, as they say, is history.
"Terrific," said Editor Mike O'Neill, who recalled Brink yesterday as "a great newspaperman, a superb writer and editor ... with a surefire instinct for a good story or headline."