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De mortuis nil nisi bonum...

By Michael J. Smith on Thursday May 11, 2006 12:03 PM

... so all I can say about AM Rosenthal's embarkation for the Other World is that I will miss him.

The Times' obit was entertainingly filled with the usual folie de grandeur -- Abe is described as

... a demanding editor who lifted The New York Times from economic doldrums in the 1970s and molded it into a journalistic juggernaut known for distinguished reporting of national and world affairs....

Rosenthal, known as Abe, spent virtually all of his working life at the Times, beginning as a lowly campus stringer in 1943. He rose to police reporter, foreign correspondent, managing editor and finally to the exalted office of executive editor, a post he held for nine years beginning in 1977.

''Abe was a giant among journalists,'' retired Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger said in a statement. ''He was a great editor with extraordinary loyalty to his troops.''

Troops, giants, exalted offices, juggernauts -- it's a Lord Of The Rings life down there on 43d Street.

Comments (2)

J. Alva Scruggs:

Unfortunately, prices were paid along the way. All the Ents, for example, were chopped down to provide newsprint for Charless Murray op eds and Bloomingdale's ads.


abe ... oh abe
what can i say
a fetid emotion swamps me

my tongue is clipped by gunk
to my palate

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