The Press: Converted Wise Guy

As columnist for the Scripps-Howard chain and 152 other newspapers around the U.S., Robert Ruark, 37, makes close to $75,000 a year with a brew of simple ingredients. "I'm cute, angry, loud, puckish or perverse every day in print " he says. But Ruark feels he has outstayed his welcome as a New York columnist. Furthermore, he isn't "having any fun."

Last week, back in Manhattan from an African hunting trip, he announced that he is pulling up stakes, moving to Rome and radically changing his column. Says he: "I don't think a man can be a fresh provocative writer in the...

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