Abbott Joseph "Joe" Liebling, 1904 - 1963

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Born: 18 October 1904, New York City
Died: 28 December 1963, New York City

Liebling was raised in a wealthy family on Manhattan's East Side on this day in 1904, his father was in the fur trade. He entered Dartmouth College in 1920 where he contributed to Jack-O-Lantern, the school's humor magazine. He left without graduating, later claiming he was expelled for skipping compulsory chapel services. He got his degree at Columbia University's School of Journalism and began his career at the Evening Bulletin, Providence, Rhode Island, then joined the sports desk at The New York Times where he was also sacked, allegedly for spoofing the names of referees, entering Ignato (Italian for "unknown"). After spending a year at Paris, where he paid little attention to his classes at the Sorbonne, he got a job at Joseph Pulitzer's New York World (1930-31) and World Telegram (1931-35) until he joined The New Yorker in 1935. Other than his serving as a war correspondent (he was at the front several places, including during the Normandy invasion and the Allies' arrival at Paris), Liebling was at The New Yorker until his death. He covered boxing, horse racing, and food, but is best known for his criticism of the news media.

Biography from Wikipedia and The Smart Set (Drexel U.)

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