26 Facts About Ray Long


William Ray Long, was an American newspaper, magazine, film, writer, and editor who is notable for being the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine between 1919 and 1931.


Ray Long is said to have had "a colorful career" before he was affected by financial problems and ended up committing suicide.


Ray Long was educated in public schools in Indianapolis, a much larger city and the capital of Indiana.


Ray Long later acquired an interest in newspapers and magazines and became a copy boy on the Indianapolis News.


Ray Long became a reporter at the young age of 22, and later worked for many other newspapers and magazines, such as the Indianapolis Star, Kansas City Post, Cincinnati Post, Cleveland Press, and Hampton's Magazine.


Ray Long was a police reporter for the Cincinnati Post, and he was made the managing editor of this newspaper when he was 20 years old due to a shake-up at this newspaper.


Ray Long created a staff to help him out, all of whom were 24 years old or younger.


Ray Long's good writing and editing skills allowed for him to get promoted to better positions.


Ray Long was the Chicago manager for the United Press at one point in time, and he was the managing editor of The Red Book in Chicago in 1912, a position that he received due to his good ability to understand people's tastes and likes.


Ray Long said that he looked at words and articles by how they sounded, rather than by seeing if they were grammatically correct or full of information and knowledge.


On October 1,1931, Ray Long retired from Cosmopolitan and went into the book publishing business, which had been his lifelong ambition.


Ray Long's bankruptcy led him to move to some islands in the South Seas near Tahiti, where he lived for a year before moving back to the United States.


Ray Long returned to the magazine business, working for Photoplay, Shadowplay, and Liberty magazines.


Ray Long was so financially desperate that he had to rely on old friends and acquaintances to get whatever jobs he could.


Ray Long later married Mrs Schon, and subsequently married Mrs Pearl Dillon, who was a writer herself.


Finally, in 1922, Ray Long married Lucy Virginia Bovie, who was originally from Gallipolis, Ohio.


Ray Long was found unconscious and dying by his maid, lying on the bedroom floor and wearing silk pajamas.


Ray Long was taken to an emergency hospital during an operation that unsuccessfully attempted to save his life.


Ray Long died half an hour after being taken to the hospital.


Peterson, the Beverly Hills officer who investigated Ray Long's death, stated that "[t]here is no doubt [that] it was a suicide".


One of Ray Long's friends speculated that part of the reason why he committed suicide was because he "guessed he had passed his peak" in terms of creative output.


Ray Long was cremated and his ashes were put into the Pacific Ocean.


Ray Long was sent the typescript of The Moon and Sixpence and after reading it decided he, too, wanted to paint.


Ray Long was over 50 but he threw up his job and went to live in one of the islands in the Pacific.


Ray Long painted for a number of years, then decided he had no aptitude for it, and killed himself.


Hughes said that "[Ray Long had] spent his life putting flowers into the hearts of others", and Long's friends all over the world compensated Long by sending him flowers for his funeral.