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I Wonder… A Brief History

According to our records – the first “I Wonder” appeared in the November 17, 1928 issue.

Three questions were posed:


If Rogers Crittenden doesn’t grow tired of being called the “model young man”? 

If Oliver Thornton still plans to be a college professor?

Who John Barrett’s tailor is? 


The following week, there were five more with more mystery to them:


If that handsome bachelor still owns more silk shirts than a Chinese Mandarin?

Who that stunning girl was all in black at “the Club” Saturday night?

If the lovely lady who used to write us such newsy bits has stopped, although she never said anything that was not complimentary. 

If the prominent professional man still cannot work without a large box of candy on his desk?

Why a certain blonde debutante goes in so heavily for extremely swarthy foreigners?


Nearly 90 years later. the “I Wonder” remains a breezy way of drawing attention to small points – and allowing the reader to draw his (or her) own conclusions. The themes of couples’ courtships, cute offspring, party antics, and anything else that might bring a chuckle (or, on occasion, raise an eyebrow), remain constant. How long can the I Wonder endure? As long as human nature is what it is, we suppose. 

To submit an I Wonder, click here