At D.C.'s Union Station, A Demand For Newspapers

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Scores of people waited in line at Hudson News at Washington's Union Station to get copies of the major daily newspapers to save as souvenirs of the 2008 presidential election. Hudson News ran out of its 500 papers early on — and ordered more.


Well, thanks to the presidential election, the printed word may not be dead after all.


Around the country, people are gobbling up today's newspapers. Dealers ran out in cities from Chicago to Brooklyn to Washington D.C.

SIEGEL: We're not talking virtual here. The digital revolution not withstanding, people want to have that headline in their hands, Obama or Obama makes history.

BLOCK: At Washington D.C.'s Union Station Hudson News had 520 papers in the morning and ran out at 10 A.M. Still, Fonzy Watson (ph) of Silver Spring, Maryland stood in a line with scores of other people.

Mr. FONZY WATSON: Supposedly there's another delivery coming, but it hasn't arrived yet, so these people are hopefully waiting for a paper to come. The problem is people buying four and five at a time. A lady told me a guy bought 60 at one time. So you can't find a Washington Post, a New York Times, nor can you get a Baltimore Sun paper anywhere.

They're also - people are going to hotels, up on the floors, and stealing people's papers. It's obvious that it's a collector's item, and people really want it. Look at this line. It's like voting all over again.

Ms. WENICE WELLINGTON CLARKSON: Wenice Wellington Clarkson (ph) from Maryland. I just want something to document, you know, this historic collection, you know, for years to come for my children, grand, you know, something. I have eight-year-old son, and he told me this morning, he said, you know, I think I'm going to try to be president.

Mr. DAVID RED: David Red (ph), Washington D.C. born and raised. I'm willing to wait, but I don't think I'm going to make it with all of these people. I don't know if they're going to let me to one or what? Hopefully, if they let me to one, I might be able to get one.

Ms. SYLVIA CYRUS (Executive Director, Association for the Study of African-American Life and History): Sylvia Cyrus, and I'm the executive director of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. There are about 75 people here waiting to get a piece of history, something that they can personally put in their archives, a newspaper. I'm going to try to purchase papers for all of my sister's children, so that they can have it in their family archives because this is going to be very important for you to be able to go back and show your children, and your grandchildren and your great grandchildren the historic relevance of this day.

SIEGEL: People in line today at Washington D.C.'s Union Station to buy a newspaper dated Wednesday, November 5th, 2008.

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