The Press: Thucydides' Sunday Job

When radio's Information Please was looking for someone to help ex-New York Timesman John Kieran edit its almanac, it picked a man from the rival Herald Tribune: City Editor Joe Herzberg. Manhattan-born Herzberg, who started on the Trib as an 18-year-old copy boy, never finished college. But he knows his city like the palm of his hand, and in his encyclopedic memory, say staffers, is "everything from baseball to Bach." Joe Herzberg once wrote in his own book, Late City Edition: "A modern newspaper is Thucydides sweating to make a deadline."

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