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Who says print is dead?*

November 6, 2008 |  6:18 pm


All Thursday, people have filled the lobby of The Times' headquarters downtown and stood in lines going down both 2nd Street and Spring Street. They wanted a piece of history in the form of the Times' front page announcing Tuesday's election results.

As today's news story reported, newspapers nationwide have met the extraordinary demand for Nov. 5 editions by printing hundreds of thousands of extra copies. As Times Editor Russ Stanton said in the piece, people "want to savor this moment in our nation's history." The savoring included throngs waiting in the lobby and honking in their cars outside as people bought copies of the election day edition. They also purchased glossy copies of the front page and replicas of the plate that was on the presses the evening of Nov. 4.

Jack Klunder, president of the Los Angeles Times Newspaper, was in the lobby himself much of the day, talking to those who were buying papers -- by the dozen in many cases. Klunder says The Times has sold an extra 232,000 copies, and will be printing more as needed. Plans now are to keep the lobby open for sales from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.* Updated information: The hours on Saturday have been changed, and the lobby now will be open for sales 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Photo: Rod Warren, 32, of Burbank, crosses 2nd Street after buying a stack of reprints of Wednesday's post-election Los Angeles Times edition for 50 cents each. People bought newspapers in huge numbers Wednesday, a day after the historic election of the nation's first black president. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times