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Hevesi writes, “Mr. Seligman, who later wrote for Forbes magazine and other publications, was an editor and writer at Fortune from 1950 to 1997 and wrote more than 400 ‘Keeping Up’ columns in his last 21 years at the magazine. Among the array of subjects Mr. Seligman poked fun at were political correctness, affirmative action, overbearing bureaucrats and what he considered loony leftists.
“He also disputed those who doubted the value of I.Q. tests, a topic he fully examined in his 1992 book, ‘A Question of Intelligence: The I.Q. Debate in America.’
“Many of Mr. Seligmanâ€™s opinions were grounded in his own application of mathematics, and while he was an ardent anti-communist in his early years, he sometimes used statistics to criticize the right, as well. In a 1992 column he tweaked a fictitious Conservative member of the British Parliament who wondered why so many of his colleagues had been ensnared in sex scandals.”
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Crain’s New York Business editorial director Greg David writes Sunday about well-known journalist James Brady, who died last week and wrote a column for the business newspaper for 21 years, from 1984 to 2005.
David writes, “Jim always got the biggest response for his columns attacking George W. Bush, a sign of how his liberal views meshed with those of most New Yorkers. I always believed the strength of his column was his unmatched knowledge of 50 years of fashion, media and sports in the city. He gave Crain’s a depth we would have otherwise lacked.
“Now that I have been around New York for a while, I use Jim’s work as a role model for my column, which runs on this page. I define my mission as using what I know about the economy, politics, business and journalism to provide context, inform, prod and even exasperate readers.
“I have also worked very hard over my career to match the seamless, smooth and seemingly effortless prose Jim could create in almost no time at all. I still have quite a ways to go.”
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Marguerite, Baroness de Reuter, a European aristocrat from a bygone age and last survivor of the family that founded the international news agency, died on Sunday aged 96, Reuters is reporting.
The Reuters story stated, “He said Swiss-born Marguerite, a widow for more than 40 years, was intensely proud of the family link with Reuters, and of the British nationality she acquired through her husband.
“Last year Reuters, which had already moved out of its historic headquarters in London’s Fleet Street, the traditional home of the British press, became part of Thomson Reuters Plc.
“Thomson Reuters’ chief executive, Tom Glocer, said he was saddened to hear of the baroness’s death, adding:
“‘Although the founding family of Reuters were no longer significant shareholders in the company, the baroness did notably attend a service at St Bride’s Church, London, to mark Reuters’ historic move from Fleet Street to Canary Wharf in 2OO5.’”
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Norman Walker, who covered the labor beat for the Associated Press from 1945 to 1963, has died, according to an AP story. He was 96.
The AP story stated, “Walker began his career with the AP in 1934 in New Orleans, where he helped cover the assassination of Huey Long. Walker later served as Baton Rouge correspondent and moved to the AP’s Washington bureau in 1943.
“He covered labor relations for AP from 1945 until he left the wire service in 1963, a span that covered a time of great upheaval in labor relations.
“He served as information director for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service from 1963 until his retirement in 1978.”
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Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times writes Wednesday about his former boss, Times business editor John Lee, who died Tuesday night.
Kristoff writes, “In the fall of 1984, the business editor of The New York Times was John Lee, and he was aggressively cleaning out dead wood and hiring young reporters to compete more effectively with the Wall Street Journal. I was a would-be journalist just out of university with degrees in political science, law and Arabic â€” but utterly ignorant of business â€” headed to Tunisia where I was going to string from north Africa for The Washington Post.
“A college buddy, David Sanger, had just been hired by John for the business section, and he passed my resume along. So on my way to Tunisia I stopped by New York for an interview â€” and never got to Africa. John and his deputy, Fred Andrews, hired me to cover international economics.
“John was a fabulous editor and mentor and hired a remarkable number of young reporters who have percolated through many sections of the Times. Aside from David Sanger, those who arrived at about the same time as me included Todd Purdum and Richard Stevenson. News organizations are notorious for being managed by brilliant journalists who are catastrophic managers, but John Lee was an exception â€” a manager who knew how to bring out the best in his troops, and who inspired tremendous devotion among all of us.”
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by Chris Roush
TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Former New York Times business editor John M. Lee died Tuesday in Connecticut due to complications resulting from surgery.
In 1978, under the direction of Lee, the Times started Business Day, considered the first standalone business section of a mainstream metro daily. The move by one of the nation’s most well-respected newspapers started a business journalism arms race in which virtually every major newspaper would add a business section.
In 1980, he led an overhaul of the paper’s Sunday business section.
Lee also had a nurturing management style that launched the careers of a number of prominent journalists and business journalists. His hires included Andy Pollack, David Sanger, Todd Purdum, Dick Stevenson, Nick Kristof, John Crudele, Steve Prokesch, John Markoff and dozens of others.
“John was one of the natural aristocrats of journalism,” said Diana Henriques, a senior financial writer at the Times. “The phrase on every lip here in the newsroom today is ‘a true gentleman.’ And he really was — always calm, always courtly. But such a newsman! He read every line of our section, down to the legal notices, and he was known for alerting a reporter about some odd detail he had noticed in a company’s agate earnings report. But he was equally a master of the broad brush, the important trends. He relished economic news the way some folks enjoy sports.”
Henriques said she remembered the nice touch that Lee had with his reporters.
“As a colleague just recalled to me, ‘He was the master of the small touch’ — the brief handwritten note that made you feel so special, so valued,” she said.
When Henriques’ mother died, Lee had left the business department. But when she returned to the newsroom, she found a note on her desk.Â ”In his lucid and elegant script, John offered his sympathy, in just a line or two,” she said. “I still have the note.”
Lee became the Times business editor in 1976, and he remained in that position until 1985, when he became assistant to the executive editor. In that spot, Lee dealt withÂ budgets, personnel, career development, minority recruitment, technology and organization of new Times magazines and sections.
He was replaced as business editor by Fred Andrews. Lee was later an assistant managing editor at the Times.
In 1993, Lee became director of editorial development for The New York Times Co.’s 31Â regional newspapers.
Lee joined the business/financial news staff in New York in 1972. Before that, in 1971 and 1972, he was chief of The Times’s bureau in Tokyo. He served as a correspondent in The Times’s London bureau, from 1967 to 1971, and in Canada, from 1964 to 1967. He joined The Times in 1961 as a business news reporter from The Richmond (Va.) News Leader, where he was business editor.
Lee was born in Williston, S.C., and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force and earned an M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Ripley Watson Jr., who covered business for The Journal of Commerce, the Associated Press and Bond Buyer, has died at the age of 86.
A Journal of Commerce story stated that Watson’s journalism career “spanned more than three decades, died Dec. 28 in Westminster, Md. He was 86.
“Watson worked for 19 years at The Associated Press and a total of 15 years at The Bond Buyer and The Journal of Commerce, where he worked from the late Seventies to the mid-Eighties. For eight years, he was an account executive at Carl Byoir & Associates, a public relations agency.
“A Jersey City native, he was the fifth generation of his family to graduate from Rutgers College, where he was editor of the college newspaper and played football.”
An obituary in the International Herald Tribune states, “Rampe worked for The Times for nearly three decades. He was previously an editor at The Wall Street Journal and, on one assignment, lived in Hong Kong while helping to launch The Asian Wall StreetÂ Journal.
“At The Times, he worked as an editor in the business section and in the Washington bureau. In the early 1990s, he was the founding editor of TimesFax (since renamed TimesDigest), a digest of Times articles sent to resorts and hotels overseas and to cruiseÂ ships.
“Rampe was born in Cleveland and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree inÂ English.”
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Art Spiegelman, one of Reuters’ greatest correspondents who was Los Angeles bureau chief for years and a senior correspondent in New York for decades, passed away Saturday.
Betty Wong, managing editor for Reuters America, wrote to the staff: “It is with heavy heart that I share news with you that Art passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. Art, 68, was surrounded by his family including his wife Charlotte, sons Michael and Adam, younger brother Marvin and beloved little granddaughter Molly Mae. Art had worked at Reuters for 42 years as a correspondent and editor.
“‘Art’s writing was beloved of readers and editors alike, using a light touch to explore subjects from pop culture to politics. He was a friend and mentor to legions of journalists,’ said David Schlesinger. He added that Art was the loveliest of men, who could find a laugh or a wry angle anywhere
“Belinda Goldsmith said Charlotte plans to hold a funeral service in the next two days and a memorial service in a few weeks. Belinda said we will issue a story on Art’s passing on Monday on both The link and on the wire.
“‘I know colleagues past and present around the globe will join me in mourning one of the Reuters’ greats and a truly wonderful, exceptional man,’ Belinda said.”
Harris Mullen, who founded the Florida Trend business magazine 50 years ago, died Wednesday at the age of 84.
Jeff Houck of the Tampa Tribune writes, “In 1946, after graduating from Duke as an ensign in the Naval ROTC, Mullen returned to Tampa to be a reporter at The Tampa Tribune.
“In 1949, he jumped to his father, Charles Mullen’s, magazine, Florida Grower and Rancher, and became publisher a year later. He was recalled into the Navy in 1951 to serve two years during the Korean War aboard a destroyer escort.
“In 1958, Mullen founded Florida Trend magazine and later served three terms as president of the Florida Magazine Association. In 1980, he sold the magazine to the Times Publishing Company, publishers of The St. Petersburg Times.”
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