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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!