From 1955 to 1963, he was editor of the New York Times “Arts and Leisure” section (then called “Drama”). in 1970, as a member of the paper’s editorial board, he helped create the NYT op-ed page.
But as Douglas Martin’s obituary today in the paper reminds, there was much more to the career of Herbert Mitgang:
Mitgang wrote or edited 15 fiction and non-fiction books, including two on Lincoln. A play he wrote, Mr. Lincoln, had a successful production at Ford’s Theater in Washington, where President Lincoln was assassinated; moved on to Broadway for a brief run in 1980; then helped inaugurate Hallmark Hall of Fame on PBS when the series moved from network to public television the next year.
In addition to The Times, he was published in more than a dozen magazines. His exposé on the F.B.I. files first appeared in The New Yorker in 1987.
Mitgang’s son told Martin that his father passed away this morning at home in Manhattan from complications of pneumonia. Full obit here. RIP.
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