Joseph Wright Alsop V, 1910 - 1989
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.
Joseph Alsop quotes:
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- For it is truly bizarre for artists to be universally ranked among the giants, for generation after generation ... and then be cast from the highest slopes of Parnassus to the lower slopes of art's ever-growing dust-heap. permalink
- Gratitude, like love, is never a dependable international emotion. permalink
quoted in The Observer (30 November 1952)
- I have begun to think that the seventies are the very worst years since the history of life began on earth. permalink
- The plain truth is that the reporter's trade is for young men. Your feet, which do the legwork, are nine times more important than your head, which fits the facts into a coherent pattern. permalink
- Wall-to-wall masterpieces, after all, ought to be preferred to wall-to-wall decorative arts, even if the decorative arts are of the highest quality peppered and salted with dukes and tiaras. permalink
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