Calvin Marshall "Bud" Trillin

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Born: 5 December 1935, Kansas City, Missouri

Trillin attended public schools at Kansas City, graduating from Southwest High School in 1953. He went on to Yale, graduating in 1957, and worked at the Time magazine offices at London, Paris, and Tunisia while waiting to start a stint in the army, which was spent on Governor's Island in New York's harbor. He returned to Time, working out of Atlanta and covering the civil rights movement. He was hired at The New Yorker in 1963, leading with a three-part series on the desegregation of the University of Georgia, and has written for them ever since. Four years later he started U.S. Journal, writing a piece ever three weeks on life in small-town America. His work gradually included more humor and a lot more food, his "tummy trilogy" of books were based on his experience on the road. In 1978 he started a second column, also once every three weeks, originally called "Variations" but later headed "Uncivil Liberties". This column appeared in The Nation until 1985, was syndicated to newspapers through 1995, and ran without a title in Time until 2001. Starting in July of 1990 he has been writing "Deadline Poet", a weekly humorous poem on current events, for The Nation. He married Alice Stewart, a professor at Hoftra, in 1965; they were together until her death the day after "9/11". Trillin lives in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood.

Biography from Wikipedia and the Paris Review (interview)

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