We don’t think it looks its age, but the New Hampshire Sunday News is 73 years old today. That’s still a mere pup compared to the Union Leader, founded as a daily newspaper back in 1863.

The Sunday News was the post-World War II product of several enterprising young veterans, led by returning war correspondent B.J. McQuaid and Army officer Blair Clark. Their first issue, Oct. 6, 1946, carried word that William Loeb, then of Vermont, had purchased the Union Leader from the widow of Col. Frank Knox, late Secretary of the Navy.

Two years later, Loeb would buy the Sunday News from Clark. (McQuaid had come to work for Loeb and would then resume editorship of the Sunday News.)

Neither McQuaid nor William and Nackey Loeb were fans of chain-owned news media directed from afar. They believed an independent, locally owned press was important for a place like New Hampshire.

That still is important and the Union Leader and Sunday News remain independent and locally owned, largely through the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications Inc. And we remain in the business of gathering and reporting New Hampshire news and information, thanks in large part to our advertisers and readers like you.