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Inside the Turret considered ‘Golden Age’ of Army Newspapers

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By The Gold Standard Staff

The following are some facts about the Fort Knox newspaper Inside the Turret, by far the longest running newspaper on post.
The list was originally published in the last edition of the Turret, dated Feb. 9, 2012, before it became The Gold Standard:

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First edition: Nov. 4, 1948

Original weekly distribution: 6,500 copies

Current weekly distribution: 17,200 copies, with readership estimated to be 40,000

Founders: Leonard Bean and Floe Bowles founded Bean Publishing Company, who printed
the Turret until 1979
when the contract was transferred to Landmark Communications, Inc., the parent company of the News-Enterprise. LCNI
has held the contract ever since.

Longest-serving editor: Larry Barnes, 29 years

Last Soldier assigned as a Turret reporter:
Spc. Michael Behlin,
now Staff Sgt. Behlin at
3rd Sustainment Command Public Affairs on Fort
Knox (Editor’s Note: Behlin is now a sergeant first
class assigned to Training
With Industry at Google headquarters in Washington, D.C.)

Number of Turret editions as of Feb. 9, 2012: 3,238

Number of times the Turret failed to be published since its first edition: 1 - Jan. 29, 2009, due to the Ohio Valley Ice Storm
of 2009 which left 609,000 homes and businesses in Kentucky without power — the state’s largest power outage on record.

State recognition: Dec. 17, 1992 was proclaimed “Inside the Turret Day” in Kentucky by then Gov. Brereton Jones.

Turret journalists
who went on to fame
included Gay Talese, a best-selling author; Harlan Ellison, fiction writer;
and Doug Poling, a CBS announcer.