Storied British Journalist Jeffrey Blyth Passes Away at Age 87

  • SHARES

By Richard Horgan Comment

JeffreyBlythJeffrey Blyth came over to New York from England as chief U.S. correspondent for The Daily Mail in 1957. A decade later, he began a long association with another UK newspaper, the Press Gazette, as a weekly columnist. But it all started rather inauspiciously:

Originally because it was feared the Mail might object, he contributed anonymously – or in the beginning using his wife’s byline.

His wife Myrna was working at the time for Family Circle. She would go on to become a longtime editor of Ladies Home Journal and founder of More magazine.

The Press Gazette obituary covers all the bases of Blyth’s illustrious career and also includes a piece he wrote in August of 2008 for the paper’s final weekly print edition. From that article:

I was standing just a few paces behind Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassin, when he was shot by Dallas night-club owner Jack Ruby in the basement garage of the Dallas Police headquarters.

At the time I thought it was flash bulbs popping, until they carried Oswald’s body past me and laid it on a desk top. Even then I had to watch a replay of the shooting on TV before I really understood what had happened.