About the Program
Ken Wells discusses a compilation of essays from the the Wall Street Journal's middle column entitled "Floating Off the Page." The middle column, or 'A-hed,' was previously occupied by a tip sheet on the stock market. Former managing editor Barney Kilgore decided to introduce a diversion---a column with stories so light they could "float off the page." Penned by a variety of writers, some of the topics analyzed in the column include; how to throw your grand piano 125 yards, the location of the biblical Garden of Eden (just past the orange juice factory), and the latest advances in sheep orthodontia. The Wall Street Journal began publication on July 8, 1889.