Peter Kaplan

Epochal editor

Peter Kaplan seemed stuck in time--the tortoiseshell glasses, the ever present khakis. But what a time it was--the New York City of George S. Kaufman, the Hollywood of Orson Welles and the rough-and-tumble journalism of that era. He re-created that reporting in the salmon-colored pages of the publication he edited for 15 years, the New York Observer, where every week he skewered the elite for other members of the elite. People waited for its appearance each Thursday to see who was up and who was down--and experienced the latter with a delicious sense of schadenfreude.

But Peter, who died Nov. 29...

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