A newsman: the repository of the wisdom of the ages
A post unrelated to anything at all…
I remember seeing this reprinted in The New Yorker years ago, and I’m posting because I came across it on the web, and because I find it highly amusing and wanted to be sure I could always find it in my archives. And because I hope some of you–newswomen included–find it amusing, too.
A newsman knows everything. He is aware not only of what goes on in the world today, but his brain is a repository of the accumulated wisdom of the ages.
He is not only handsome, but has the physical strength which enables him to perform great feats of energy. He can go for nights without sleep. He dresses well and he talks with charm. Men admire him, women adore him, tycoons and statesmen are willing to share their secrets with him.
He hates lies and meanness and sham, but he keeps his temper. He is loyal to his paper . . .
. . . and when he dies a lot of people are sorry, and some of them remember him for several days.”
- Stanley Walker, 1898-to-1962, city editor, New York Herald Tribune