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January 14, 2013
Gene Patterson was a guiding light to so many journalists, myself included. I grew up with the Washington Post, where he was the M.E., was lucky enough to be at the St. Pete Times and Poynter after he had moved South, and was privileged once to interview him for a book with reflections about Martin Luther King. A courageous journalist and generous man. Thank you, Mr. Patterson.
January 14, 2013
A TRUE WARRIOR who was armed only with a typewriter.One thing about freedom of speech is everyone should have it,one thing about THE TRUTH is everyone should tell it. Mr. Eugene Patterson is THE TRUTH!
January 14, 2013
American journalism owes Gene Patterson a great debt. He was a beacon of integrity and fairness. He guided and inspired young journalists.
In the mid-1980s the late Jack Nelson, then Washington bureau chief of the LA Times, and I organized a dinner honoring Gene. Nelson had won a Pulitzer Prize while working with Gene at the Atlanta Constitution. Gene was CEO of the St. Petersburg Times, and I worked for him as publisher of Congressional Quarterly.
Jack and I wanted to express our gratitude to Gene. We decided on a small dinner at the National Press Club. But word got around and the guest list exploded. Soon the main dining room was filled to capacity. I got a call from Katherine Graham's secretary at the Washington Post. Ms. Graham's invitation must have been lost, she explained diplomatically. I'm sorry, I said, I'll send another.
It was a wonderful evening filled with tributes, including a telegram from former President Jimmy Carter. It was not a Washington crowd. People flew in from everywhere. Gene and his wife, Sue, stayed late into the evening, Gene singing "Danny Boy" in the Press Cub Lounge. Gene was special. Not every CEO of a major national newspaper can sing "Danny Boy" a cappella.
January 14, 2013
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