Newsweek — in the print form — is dead. However, if you’re feeling nostalgic, and want to spend some time with the ghosts of Newsweek’s past, head on over to The Daily Beast. The site has published an extremely long and thorough oral history of the recently folded magazine, and depending on how you feel about oral histories, it might be worth a look.
One of our favorite memories comes courtesy of Peter Goldman, a writer for the glossy from 1962 to 1988. He was at the New Weston Hotel bar having a “liquid lunch” when someone informed him and his co-worker that JFK had been shot:
He said, ‘You guys are with Newsweek, you should probably know this: the president was shot. They hit him in the hand.’ Someone had a radio and they had misheard. My first reaction was annoyance because I was doing a Kennedy story and I had it all framed in my mind. Kennedy was on a political trip to the South. ‘Now he’s been shot in the hand? That’s going to complicate my goddam life.’
Other Newsweek staffers who reminisce include Henry Hubbard (congressional correspondent, 1959 – 1985); Osborn Elliott (editor, 1961 – 1976); Jerry Adler (writer, 1979 – 2010); and Barbara Kantrowitz (writer/editor, 1985 – 2010).