Cornelius Alfred Tilghman started his journalism career on the University of Delaware campus, and not in a small way.
A Smyrna native, Tilghman was on the boards of both The Blue Hen yearbook and The Review student newspaper for all four years of his college career, winding up as editor of The Review.
In 1925, at the annual banquet that concluded his stewardship of the paper, he urged the new staff "to allow nothing to interfere with the free expression of student opinions in the paper," in the words of a Newark Post account of the evening.
After a summer of working in the newsrooms of all four Wilmington newspapers and the Newark Post, he left to study English at Yale.
But months later, he was back in Newark. During his college years, he had become close friends with the family that had launched the Newark Post in 1910: Edward Johnson; his wife, Louise; and their daughter, Marjorie, whom he would marry decades later. When Edward Johnson died in his sleep, Tilghman pitched in as editor.