Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins, 1944 - 2007
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Born: 30 August 1944, Monterey, California
Died: 31 January 2007, Austin, Texas
Jim Ivins was an oil and gas executive, the family lived in Houston's affluent River Oaks area and Molly was sent to the private St John's School where she was involved with the annual and student newspaper but without her later political focus. She graduated from St John's in 1962 and went to Scripps College, transferred to Smith College the next year, spent her junior year at the Institute of Political Science at Paris, and received her BA in history from Smith in 1966. She earned a master's degree at Columbia University's school of journalism in 1967. She spent three college summers as an intern at the Houston Chronicle. She was the first female police reporter and covered all the protest action at the Minneapolis Tribune, and in 1970 became political reporter and co-editor of the non-profit Texas Observer where she developed her humorous and confrontational style with those in power. She remained on the board of the foundation until her death. The New York Times felt their writing was too staid and lifeless and hired her in 1976, making her the head of their Rocky Mountain bureau. Ivins wrote the Time's obituary for Elvis Presley but generally conflicted with her editors who attempted to smooth out the colorful language they had originally hired her for. She was recalled to New York, which she regarded as punishment, and left for the Dallas Times Herald in 1981. That paper assigned her to Austin, the state capital, in 1985 to reduce friction with civic leaders, but the paper promoted her with billboards saying "Molly Ivins can't say that, can she?" which also became the title of one of her eleven books. When that paper was bought and shuttered by the rival Daily Morning News in 1991 she was immediately offered a job at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram which allowed her to remain at Austin, she stayed with that paper until 2001. Her column was syndicated in almost 400 papers. Ivins was diagnosed with stage III inflammatory breast cancer in 1999 with recurrences in 2003 and late 2005. She took a leave from her syndicated column in December of 2006 due to the chemotherapy, got two more columns out in January and died at home.
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- All anyone needs to enjoy the state legislature is a strong stomach and a complete insensitivity to the needs of the people. As long as you don't think about what that peculiar body should be doing and what it actually is doing to the quality of life in Texas, then it's all marvelous fun. permalink
"Notes from a rookie" - Texas Observer (26 March 1971)
- Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts. permalink
- Americans are not getting screwed by the Republican Party. They're getting screwed by the large corporations that bought and own the Republican Party. permalink
- Any nation that can survive what we have lately in the way of government, is on the high road to permanent glory. permalink
- As a lifelong fashion dropout, I have still read enough fashion mags while waiting at the dentist's to know that the object of fashion is to make A Statement — all I've achieved, statement-wise, is 'Woman Who Wears Clothes So She Won't Be Naked.' permalink
"Molly To Madonna - One Arthur To Another" in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (12 November 1992)
- As I have pointed out time and again, it's a hell of a lot cheaper to send little kids to school than it is to let them grow up into young thugs who have to be sent to prison, not to mention the savings in the wear and tear on the nerves, property, and safety of the rest of the citizenry. permalink
"Legislature Continues to Play Ostrich with Social Problems" Dallas Times Herald (28 July 1991)
- As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office. permalink
- Being a First-Amendment feminist is not one of our society's easier roles these days. We often seem to be swimming through such a miasma of sexual violence — in advertising, television programming, heavy metal, rap, films, and worst of all, in the home — that even First Amendment absolutists sometimes daydream about how nice it would be to have government-as-nanny just outlaw all this effluent. permalink
"Speaking of Values, Here's Someone Who Took Action" in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (10 September 1992)
- Being slightly paranoid is like being slightly pregnant - it tends to get worse. permalink
- California is now close to spending more on prisons than it does on higher education — surely the death warrant of a civilization. permalink
"Now Is The Time To Counter Republican Budget Follies" in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (27 November 1995)
- Calling George Bush shallow is like calling a dwarf short. permalink
Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? (1991)
- Conservatives have been mad at the Supreme Court since it decided to desegregate the schools in 1954 and seen fit to blame the federal bench for everything that has happened since then that they don't like. permalink
- During a recent panel on the numerous failures of American journalism, I proposed that almost all stories about government should begin: "Look out! They're about to smack you around again!" permalink
- Either we figure out how to keep corporate cash out of the political system or we lose the democracy. permalink
- Everyone knows [George W. Bush] has no clue, but no one there has the courage to say it. I mean, good gawd, the man is as he always has been: barely adequate. permalink
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