Joseph Wright Alsop V, 1910 - 1989

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Born: 11 October 1910, Avon, Connecticut
Died: 28 August 1989, Washington City

Alsop's prominent family sent him to Groton (graduated 1928) and Harvard (1932). He became a reporter at the New York Herald Tribune at New York City, then moved to the Washington bureau three years later. During World War II he joined the Navy, serving with Claire Chennault's "Flying Tigers", and was captured by the Japanese. After the war he resumed writing a column three times a week called "Matter of Fact"; with his brother Stewart until 1958, by himself until retiring in 1974. Although normally a Republican, he supported John Kennedy. He was a closeted homosexual, the KGB had photos and apparently circulated them in the US. He worked closely with the CIA during his post-war career, both providing the CIA with information and occasionally running CIA-supplied columns.

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