The Press: The Biggest Assignment

In his 33 years as a New York Daily News staffer, Lowell Limpus' byline topped stories that filled 83 fat folders in the paper's morgue. Among them was one that had never been printed. When longtime Reporter (and sometime night city editor) Limpus died of a heart ailment last week at 60, the city desk pulled it out of the files. It was Limpus' obit, and at the top was a note: "Do me one final favor and use this instead of an effusion by somebody else."

The News obliged. True to the newsman's oft-violated creed that newspapermen do not make news,...

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