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RIP Tom Wicker

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

  2. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Pretty sure he had one of the badges of honor for his generation: Nixon's enemies list.

  3. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Other than my writer mother, no one inspired a young TigerVols to become a journalist more than Tom Wicker. I had a family friend who worked with him at the Tennessean, and told great stories about him. As a kid, I would watch his appearances each week on Washington Week in Review and think that one day I could go from the Tennessean to the New York Times too.

    RIP to a reporter's journalist.
  4. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    He was one of the greatest. RIP
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    It meant you were doing something right.
  6. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Echo the condolences and sentiments of respect and admiration.

    "One of Us" is a fascinating book. Haven't read "J.F.K. and L.B.J." but hope to soon.
  7. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Suppose it's generational, but kind of surprised there hasn't been more input on this thread. And Mr. Wicker retired in, what? 1991?

    I have Harrison Salisbury's book in which he delves into the Times' coverage of the Pentagon Papers and his time in the Soviet Union. I could look it up, but did Abe Rosenthal write an autobiography? If so, wondering if it would be pursuing.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    There's a lot of great stuff that's been written about the NYT as an institution, but Abe's tome is not one of them. Spy magazine caught Abe to a "T", giving him the unofficial oblique nickname of "I'm Writing As Badly As I Can". The professional manlove between Abe and Arthur Gelb was insufferable.
  9. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    The Right Stuff was a tremendous work.
  10. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Well-Known Member

    Just finished reading his "On Press". One of the best books on journalism I've read. Critical take on the the media and its role--one of the more honest books about what actually goes on. Journalism would be much better if writers were honest like Wicker. Surprised I'd never heard of it before now.
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