editor Kozak

Robert J. Kozak, editor of the Lancaster New Era from 1986-2000.

Producing a daily newspaper was both the biggest challenge and the most enduring reward of William Cody’s 35 years working as a journalist for the Intelligencer Journal, including the last eight as editor.

For all the years he spent as city editor, news editor and then editor at Lancaster County’s morning daily, the paper went to bed as scheduled, following traditional cycles of afternoon planning meetings and story budgeting, shuffling reporters for breaking news and rearranging pages in time for first edition, which went to press at 1:30 a.m.

There were only two days that Cody, now 86, remembers thinking his team might not make it.

On June 22, 1972, deadly Hurricane Agnes roared into Lancaster, flooding streets, destroying buildings and threatening standard printing and delivering processes.

With a contingency plan formulated on the fly, the Intelligencer Journal made it out the doors on the 23rd with breathtaking photos that captured the devastation.