Columnists: A Party for Peg

Small as the assemblage was, the candlelit room was smaller yet, and some of the guests wound up forced to sip their cocktails in the ladies' room. But nobody seemed to mind, for the conversation was lively, the filet mignon was good, and the guest of honor was unusually convivial. The occasion was a testimonial dinner in Manhattan last week for terrible-tempered Westbrook Pegler.

The affair was organized by a pair of ideologues who chew one another up in print but are friends anyway—Murray Kempton, onetime New York Post columnist who now ventilates his views in the left-wing New...

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