November 26, 2011
NEW YORK TIMES TOM WICKER DIES AT 85
New York City (JFK+50) The NEW YORK TIMES published the news this morning that long-time political reporter & columnist Tom Wicker died yesterday at the age of 85.
Tom Wicker, who was the only Times correspondent covering JFK’s visit to Dallas in November 1963, died of an apparent heart attack at his home near Rochester, Vermont.
Mr. Wicker was born in Hamlet, North Carolina & was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Once when asked if he had any heroes in political life, Wicker answered:
“I think the journalist sees the feet of clay & the warts. I found (politicians) to be truly engaging human beings & admirable people but not really impeccable heroes. We should try to see people as clearly as we can. Then, if a hero does come into view, we can give him his due.”
It is clear that Richard Nixon probably wouldn’t qualify as a Wicker hero, even if he had one, because he was on Nixon’s “master list” of political opponents.
NY Times Headquarters
Photo by Haxorjoe (2007)
The NEW YORK TIMES OBITUARY FOR TOM WICKER
“Tom Wicker, one of postwar America’s most distinguished journalists, who wrote 20 books, covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy & became the paper’s Washington bureau chief & iconoclastic political columnist for 25 years, died on Friday (November 25, 2011) at his home near Rochester, Vermont. He was 85.*
*Please check today’s JFK ASSASSINATION BLOG for more information on Tom Wicker’s coverage of JFK’s assassination in Dallas on 11-22-63.
November 26, 1926
VINCENT MASSEY BECOMES CANADIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED STATES
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Charles Vincent Massey assumes his post today as the 1st Canadian ambassador to the United States of America.
In fact, the Honorable Mr. Massey, who was born in Toronto in 1887, becomes the 1st Canadian envoy with full diplomatic credentials to a foreign capital.*
*Vincent Massey became Governor General of Canada in 1952 & served until 1959. He was invited by President Eisenhower to visit Washington, D.C. & spoke to a joint session of Congress on May 4, 1954. Mr. Massey died in London in 1967 at the age of 70.
Vincent Massey (R) with Charles Lindbergh (C)
& William Philips (L)
November 26, 1917
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE IS FORMED
Montreal, Quebec (JFK+50) The National Hockey League was formed today.
The teams which are to make up the NHL include the Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs & Toronto Arenas.*
*Toronto won the 1st League Title & the 1918 Stanley Cup. The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada appointed in 1888, who became an avid ice hockey enthusiast.
1918 Stanley Cup
November 26, 1842
NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY FOUNDED IN SOUTH BEND
South Bend, Indiana (JFK+50) The University of Notre Dame was founded today here in South Bend, Indiana.
Notre Dame, which means “Our Lady” in French (reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron saint of the university), was founded by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who will also serve as 1st president of ND.*
*Notre Dame today ranks 19th nationally among the most prestigious universities. ND is also known for its athletic teams which are the “Fighting Irish”.
Notre Dame University
South Bend, Indiana
Photo by Tobias & Cornelia Rad (2006)