The Press: The Private Life of A. Sock

The Private Life of A.Stock

Kings and Presidents pay him court, office seekers solicit his support, and audiences of Elks and securities analysts are eager to receive his wisdom. Yet the man who sits at the top of one of the world's most powerful newspapers was, to put it gently, a late bloomer. Mild dyslexia inherited from his mother was only part of his problem. "He was the most adorable, attractive boy," says she. "He was also a lazy little bum."

When Punch was about five his father decreed that he was too old to be playing with his sisters' dolls, so the...

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