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Ben Bradlee in hospice

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by The Big Ragu, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Wasn't sure if this is news, journalism or something else. But Ben Bradlee is in hospice care, according to his wife, Sally Quinn. He's 93 and has been suffering from alzheimer's and dementia for several years.


    Seeing that had me thinking about how much things have changed in newspapers, and what is possible now for investigative reporters and their editors. The Nixon administration was tailor made for his personality. I think his legend will largely be a right guy, right place, right time thing. I guess you can say that about anyone, but the pentagon papers and watergate required someone who lives for the fight, and there he was.

    You don't have those larger-than-life, nationally known editor types anymore. It's too bad.
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    A man who had Jason Robards play him in a movie didn't need to accomplish anything else to impress me.
  3. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    He spoke at my school way back when and I was blown away by how spot on the casting was. They could have been brothers.

    He did a big speech in the arena and then a more intimate Q&A session with the school newspaper staff. When he was about ready to leave he asked if anybody else had any more questions, and somebody says "Yeah, who is Deep Throat?"

    So Bradlee stands up and says, "Well, it's time for me to get the fuck out of here."
  4. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    LOL. Great quote.
  5. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Was watching Brian Lamb's interview with Sally Quinn Sunday when she revealed the news. It saddened me.
  6. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Cool story, Jake.
  7. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    That is an awesome story. Thanks for sharing.

    His autobiography should be a must read for anyone in journalism.
  8. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Agreed. May have to dig out my copy for another go-around.
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