And that’s the way it was: May 8, 1984

Lila Bell Wallace, cofounder and publisher of Reader's Digest, dies of heart failure

Born Lila Bell Acheson, she married DeWitt Wallace in 1921. The two went on to found Reader’s Digest, the monthly general interest family magazine first published in 1922. For years, Reader’s Digest was the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States. With tens of millions of subscribers worldwide, and 49 editions in 21 languages, it remains the largest paid circulation magazine in the world.

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