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February 22, 2010


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Brian (neaguy)

Compare the amount of space devoted to Salinger's death in the Wisconsin State Journal to that devoted to America's greatest left historian, Howard Zinn.
The Zinn obit was like one inch.

Salinger obit was two articles each about 12 column inches, one with a photo.

And then the Journal complains when students' standardized history test scores are low.

They promote ignorance of the important in their paper.

Soon to be ex-alderman Steve

I was likewise appalled that NPR's obituary of Zinn included a nasty audio clip from the loathsome David Horowitz (aka "D-Ho"). This was in marked contrast to the reverential treatment accorded to William F. Buckely when he died, where there was nary a mention of some of the seedier positions he espoused over the years.

Howard Zinn was a thoughtful man who promoted the simple notion that all of us (and not just the designated "Great Men of History") contributed to making America what it is today, for better or worse. I don't think he would be surprised or disappointed at the number of column inches devoted to his obituary.

Ty O'Mara

God bless, Howard Zinn for being courageous and truthful during his life. I suspect that he will gain popularity now that he has left us, but that may be wishful thinking. God bless Mr. Shepherd for his wit and easy style. His reputation is certainly growing as "A Christmas Story," is certain to supplant Frank Capra's classic in five to ten years--with the passing of the first wave of boomers. J.D. Salinger, however, is who I relate to best. I guess that is not something to brag about.

I learned that for fiction to be great it must be truthful. He certainly went for it in that respect. I wish I could have met him--he was courageous, also.

A question remains, who replaces these men. Since this is America, will they automatically be replaced? D

George Hesselberg

Jean Shepherd's radio-delivered stories - and the books that expanded on them - were inspirational to anyone who loved a good narrative and everyone who wanted to learn how to deliver one. He spoke at the Memorial Union in 1969 or 1970 and turned out to be exactly the sort of guy he sounded like on the radio.
Many of us were miffed that Zinn did not get a full obit in Madison - where his appearances always filled the halls - but it would be folly and inaccurate to judge importance by measuring column inches. I don't recall any of Zinn's comments, on WORT or in books or elsewhere, descending into snide. Gave him credibility beyond his scholarship.

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