The Press: Off Beat

A few weeks ago, Gossip Columnist Walter Winchell sat down behind a typewriter and pecked out a column. It was the first he had written in nearly two months; but whatever Winchell had to say he kept to himself. "I went to the typewriter from sheer boredom, doing nothing," he said. "I played around with a column and then tore it up. I'm just not ready to pick up again."

Not since mid-November has a Winchell line appeared in the New York Mirror, his base paper, or in the 140-odd other U.S. papers that...

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