TONY SNOW & CLAY FELKER
By Katharine Blossom Lowrie
A grief that transcends politics
Two partings in July: Tony Snow (above) and Clay Felker (left). Of different generations, the two had little in common, other than journalism and cancer. Tony Snow, former press secretary to George W. Bush, died of colon cancer on July 12. He was 53.
Felker, the visionary editor whose New York magazine spawned New Journalism in the 1960s, died in his sleep on July 1, according to his wife, author Gail Sheehy. He was 82 and had suffered from throat cancer for some time.
With the death of Tim Russert in June, one mourns the loss of this distinguished cluster of journalists, a grief that transcends politics. For those of us who go about our daily lives attached to a morphine drip of news – whether TV, newspapers, Internet or radio – such passings affect us deeply. Even with Felker, whose New Journalism heyday had long since been eclipsed by the New Media, his impact on reporting and writing hoists him into the legendary category.
An incestuous family, loners who thrive best in packs of our peers