Thursday, November 24, 2005

Journalism: Hugh Sidey's Life and Time

The Gentleman Journalist

Hugh Sidey was the last of a breed. Why we will not see his like again.

Updated: 1:47 p.m. ET Nov. 23, 2005

Nov. 23, 2005 - “Gentleman” is not a term used very often to describe a reporter, but for any of us who knew Hugh Sidey, it is likely to be the first word that comes to mind. I had dinner with him just last Sunday here in Paris and was blown away, as always, by his energy, enthusiasm and experience. Hugh started covering presidents of the United States during the Eisenhower years for Life Magazine and then for Time. He met and wrote about every president of the last five decades, and he knew some, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush among them, not only as subjects and sources, but as friends. Born in Iowa, Hugh was a fourth-generation newspaper man from the heartland, confident of his trade, secure about his ethics....

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