If you did not grow up in the rural United States, you probably haven't heard of Grit. It was a weekly newspaper, primarily covering topics of interest to farmers or those living in small towns in rural America. I used to deliver Grit every Saturday when I was in elementary school, covering a twenty-mile area, and no, my parents seldom drove me; maybe once in a while when it was particularly stormy in the winter. First published in 1892, Grit made a point of being optimistic in tone, publishing agricultural and rural news on a national level, human interest stuff, puzzles, and serial fiction. In fact, they had a special supplement for its fiction stories. There were sections for women and for kids, including a few pages of comic strips. Looking at past issues on eBay, it looks like they tried to become something like People Magazine in the 1980s, with a glossy magazine format and celebrities on the cover. Since then, it appears that they have returned to their roots, with the same kinds of stories that they had before, only retaining the glossy magazine format, sort of like Whole Earth Magazine.