A day after parading on stage with a historic copy of the Chicago Sun-Times' cover of Barack Obama's presidential win, Oprah Winfrey summed up the front page as the best of the best.
"It was the best paper of all the papers in the world," Winfrey told actor Will Smith during today's live show in Chicago.
Typically, about 250,000 Chicago Sun-Times hit the sidewalk boxes and store racks on any given Wednesday. Anticipating the election issue would be a hot seller, 335,000 were printed Tuesday night, Tammy Chase, Sun-Times spokeswoman told reporter Kara Spak in a story today.
By Wednesday morning, 30,000 more copies were printed. Another 40,000 were printed mid-day, followed by 20,000 more Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday evening, 50,000 more were printed, destined for Chicago retail outlets like Walgreens, gas stations and 7-Elevens. Another 25,000 papers were going to suburban stores, where they would be sold along with Thursday's paper, Chase said.
The grand total? 500,000 Chicago Sun-Times for the nation's most discerning readers, a figure that doesn't include those receiving home-delivery of the tabloid.
Back copies can be ordered through suntimes.com or by calling (312) 321-3000 and pressing 7. The cost is $10, including shipping.