Remembering Hugh Sidey

Hugh Sidey loved ceremony but hated pretension. He had excellent perspective, but also had an eye for the telling detail: Lyndon Johnson's hydra-headed shower, George H.W. Bush's penchant for e-mailing racy jokes to friends, Richard Nixon's love of classical music. He came to Washington in 1957 to cover the second Administration of Dwight Eisenhower for LIFE, switched to TIME to cover J.F.K. and reported on every President since then. He went to Dallas with J.F.K., to China with Nixon, to Moscow's Red Square with Ronald Reagan. Yet he returned as often as he could to his hometown of Greenfield, Iowa, where his entry-level...

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