Reporters: Beating Dad Can Be Fun

Any day of the week, two Reston by lines can pop up in the Paris-based Herald Tribune International. Or two Smiths. Or two Alfred Friendlys. Not that these correspondents are greedy, or overworked — it is just that they are father-son combinations.

Simultaneous publication is entirely accidental since the six individuals concerned are based on different papers.

Al Friendly roams Europe for the Washington Post, while Al Jr. is West Af rican correspondent for the New York Times. James Reston writes his New York Times column from Washington; his son Richard is the Los Angeles Times's Moscow correspondent. Red Smith writes...

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