Both in person and in the pages he produced each week, Newsweek editor MAYNARD PARKER had an edgy energy that was rooted in a passion for the news. Often tightly coiled and always ready to spring, he had the gleeful ability to rip up his magazine as it was going to press in order to make it more exciting. Every Monday I felt the special kinship that comes from having tried to pull off the same feats; I could admire the smart way he had packaged a cover, spotted a trend or elicited a nugget of reporting.

Maynard was one...

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