The Press: Harold and the Wolf

Apart from the jocular jottings of Columnist Russell Baker, the New York Times is not noted for its humor. Some delightful deadpan gave a lift to its front page last week, however, when Music Critic Harold Schonberg was, as it were, thrown to the wolves.

The man responsible was Metropolitan Editor Arthur Gelb, who spotted an offbeat story in the monthly magazine of Manhattan's Museum of Natural History; the article concluded that wolves howled not to frighten people but to communicate with other wolves. Gelb assigned Schonberg to write a professional critique of the...

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