Columnists: New Wave of Challengers

Wars, Presidents and newspapers have come and gone, and the columnists of yesterday still write on, as confidently as ever. Arthur Krock at 79, David Lawrence at 76, Walter Lippmann at 76, and Drew Pearson at 67 remain familiar if greying presences in the nation's press. Roscoe Drummond, 63, James Reston, 56, and Joseph Alsop, 55, have been around so long that they too seem part of the patriarchy. But the roster of challengers is growing fast.

The advance guard of new columnists began to appear a few years ago when Bill Buckley,...

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