Frank Leslie

This one is unsolved. See below for why I looked this up.

Turns out there are a lot of Frank Leslies. I’ve researched every one of them, and I can’t find one that matches the reference.

The closest I can come is a magazine publisher that perhaps published some consumer advocate stories, but I can’t find any reference to him having been popularly known for that.

On October 26, 2021, I contacted Steven Johnson and asked for clarification. I am awaiting a response.

I’m leaving this here in the hopes of a future resolution.

Why I Looked It Up

In Extra Life, Steven Johnson discussed Ralph Nader:

Nader’s key contribution lay in inventing a whole new kind of political figure, a Frank Leslie for the television age.

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