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    Jimmy Breslin, Who Helped Define The Newspaper Column, Dies At 86


    “The call bothered Malcolm Perry.’Dr. Tom Shires. STAT,’ the girl’s voice said over the page in the doctors’ cafeteria in Parkland Memorial Hospital. The ‘STAT’ meant emergency. Nobody ever called Tom Shires, the hospital’s chief resident in surgery for an emergency. And Shires, Perry’s superior, was out of town for the day. Malcolm Perry looked at the salmon croquettes on the plate in front of him. Then he put down his fork and went over to a telephone.

    “This is Dr. Perry taking Dr. Shires page,” he said.

    “President Kennedy has been shot. STAT,” the operator said.”

    Those words appeared in The New York Herald Tribune under the headline, “A Death in Emergency Room One.” They were written by Jimmy Breslin, who helped define the modern newspaper column, winning the Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award and numerous other accolades along the way.

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  • Smarmie Doofus (451 posts)
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    1. Ouch.

    That one hurts. I thought he’d be around forever.

  • Major Hogwash (2344 posts)
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    2. An original, and one of the men who helped tell the truth.

    Someone who wouldn’t have offered to participate in today’s meme games.

    RIP, Jimmy.

  • Marym625 (21689 posts)
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    3. This is a hard loss

    Who doesn’t know that name? Who doesn’t know that particular column quoted?

    Sad day

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  • Green Dog Dem (3276 posts)
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    4. The money Breslin quote:

    “There’s only one issue that matters in this country, and that’s race.”

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  • GoodWitch (956 posts)
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    5. A great loss

    Met him once, ages ago, when he spoke at some Society of Professional Journalists event.

    Make America THINK again
  • farleftlib (1353 posts)
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    6. OMG

    I’m  verklempt. So, so sad. The end of an era. Rip, Jimmy.

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