Your Herald archivist is on a mission in search of the soul of George Frazier.
I could write a book (maybe I will) on life as an editor dealing with columnists. Mercurial is one word that immediately comes to mind. So why not dig for the scribe many proclaim started it all here in Boston? Here’s Part 1 of this project:
Frazier is still being quoted in our pages, sometimes by Herald columnist Howie Carr who wrote last winter: “George Frazier, a columnist first for the Herald and then the Globe, made the cut, and he bragged about it for the rest of his life. Frazier said if he hadn’t made the list, he would have been ashamed to go out in public.”
Howie was referring to Frazier being named to President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list.” It was a badge of honor for him.
A newspaper wouldn’t be worth the price you pay if we didn’t add some spice to the pages. That’s what good columnists do. (Here’s a link to an old Howie Carr column dug up for this week’s “From the Archives” newsletter that goes out in a few minutes.)
Reading his column is a good place to start today. I’ll keep at this project as I dig deeper into the archives. All ideas welcome to [email protected] … and thanks for this one!