I've worked in newspaper business for 15 years and still can not find one person who actually knows why reporters/writers end their stories with -30-.. I've looked everywhere and asked tons of people... anyone know?
Lewis Joplin II
THIRTY (30) -- The "Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997) lists two possible origins, "It comes either from the old telegraphy symbol indicating the end of a day's transmission, a kind of 'Goodnight, I'm closing up the office,' or from old printers' jargon. The maximum line on Linotype composing machines is 30 picas, about five inches, and when an operator reaches 30 picas, he can go no farther."
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