The Press: Grand Old Man

He was a courtly, imposing figure, given to Olympian judgments. A longtime associate characterized him as "something of a grandee." Nearly everyone called him Mr. Krock. During 66 years as a journalist, Arthur Krock was the confidant—and quite often the prickly conscience—of the select and powerful in Washington. The mighty talked to him trustingly as a friend or warily as a critic, but almost always they talked.

A working day for Krock might include conversations with Cabinet officers, lunch at the Metropolitan Club, then an interview with the newsmaker of the day. On...

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