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50 years ago tonight on “Twilight Zone”

An hour-long episode called “Printer's Devil” first aired on Feb. 28, 1963. Burgess Meredith was the star.

To rescue his financially troubled newspaper, a desperate publisher makes a deal with the devil — represented in this instance by a mysterious linotype operator who goes by the name “Mr. Smith.”

Mr. Smith is able to predict the news — suddenly there is a lot of it and it is all exceedingly bad. Soon, though, The Courier's fortunes improve. But at what price? I suspect you can guess.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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