Press: Everyman's Columnist

Something significant will be missing this month from the press of the nation: Columnist Raymond Clapper has headed for Rehoboth Beach, Del., for his first vacation in two years. In those two years Clapper has more than doubled his readers (to 8,598,635, in 144 papers), has doubly cinched his unique place among U.S. columnists.

Five years ago Washington correspondents voted that Clapper (who had then barely started syndication for Scripps-Howard) was the "most significant, fair and reliable" columnist. Today a majority of his fellows would still probably give Clapper the same award. The quality which wins him such tribute from...

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