John W. “Jack” Raper (1870–1950) was an American journalist. He is famous for his maxims—written as if by his alter ago “Josh Wise,” they were compiled in What This World Needs (1945.)
Born in McArthur, Ohio, Raper’s father edited the Scioto Gazette. Raper began newspaper work at 19, worked in several cities, and joined the Cleveland Press in 1899 as its drama critic.
For decades, Raper wrote a daily column called “Most Anything.” It typically started with a down-to-earth thoughtful reflection or comment by “Josh Wise.” Once a week, he also chronicled events in a fictional small town in his column, “All the News from Hicksville.”
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