Clay Felker

I met New York Magazine editor Clay Felker, who died June 30 at age 82, when I was a daily reporter at the New York Herald Tribune in 1963. The Trib decided to create a serious--or at least good--Sunday supplement and approached Clay to work on the magazine, which became New York. What I really remember was Clay talking about making this Sunday supplement the best magazine in America. We naturally thought he was whistling in the rain. But it was not very long before the New Yorker was very worried.

He introduced the subject of status as news. Nobody had...

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