The Press: Exit an Old Roman

Dean of U.S. political columnists for two decades, Mark Sullivan of the New York Herald Tribune was a durable fixture, weathering all upheavals. Austere, pink-faced in high Hooveresque collar and pinch-nose glasses, he looked as staunchly conservative as his columns sounded. Since Sullivan had won his first fame as a muckraking, trust-walloping liberal, friends sometimes chided him for changing his views. "I haven't changed," Sullivan would reply with gentle dignity. "The world changed."

The Vanishing Buffalo. The world did indeed change in Mark Sullivan's lifetime. The tenth child of Irish Catholics who fled...

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