The Press: Interesting People

"You must have a very exciting life, you meet so many interesting people," is a comment to which few newspapermen ever reply, but last week one did. Though the New York Times calls him a "staff writer," Samuel Johnson Woolf is the only journalist of his kind. An ex-portrait painter, for the last 14 years he has chased after famed men, sketching them with amiable shrewdness, interviewing them as he sketched. Now 61 and lively as ever, Artist-Interviewer Woolf last week published his pleasant memoirs.*

After becoming a successful portrait painter, Woolf rebelled at last because a sitter's tailor complained of the...

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