(October 17, 1928-March 19, 2017)
Born in Queens, New York
Columnist for the 'New York Herald Tribune' (1963-66), 'New York Daily News' (1976-88) and 'Newsday' (1988-2004)
Won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary (1986)
Wrote the books 'Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?' (1962), 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight' (1970), 'I Want To Thank My Brain For Remembering Me' (1997), 'The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez' (2002) and 'The Church That Forgot Christ' (2004)
Why he might be annoying
He unsuccessfully campaigned for President of the New York City Council as Norman Mailer's running mate (1969).
He was a pitchman for Piels Beer.
In an article about illegal immigrants, he said that when they see a pretty girl on the subway 'they talk to each other in Mexican.'
When fellow Newsday columnist Ji-Yeon Mary Yuh described one of his articles as sexist, he called her a 'slant-eyed cunt' and 'yellow cur,' adding 'The fucking bitch doesn't know her place.' (1990)
He was suspended from the newspaper after calling Howard Stern's radio show to joke over the outburst and make additional jabs about Koreans.
Why he might not be annoying
He was known for writing about how events affected the common man, most famously in a column about the JFK assassination focusing on the man who dug the president's grave.
He suffered a concussion after being beaten by mobster Jimmy Burke (1970).
After being beaten and robbed during the Crown Heights riots (August, 1991), he found a pay phone and filed his story.
One of his daughters, Rosemary, died from a rare blood disease (2004) and another daughter, Kelly, died after suffering cardiac arhythmia (2009).
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 13 Votes: 76.92% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
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