Ira Copley (pronounced Copply) was no stranger to death and tragedy. Five of his brothers and three of his sisters died at an early age. So did Copley’s three children. And scarlet fever struck 2-year-old Ira, leaving him completely blind for five years! So many heartbreaks in one lifetime would have paralyzed most people. Not Ira Copley. These misfortunes made him iron-tough, more determined, yet gentle in outlook, perhaps even philosophical about life. Despite his weak eyesight, he read prodigiously and did well in school. He coped and succeeded, so much so, that in 1928 he plunged into journalistic history with one of the greatest mass newspaper acquisitions ever made.