Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Bradlee, B.J. and a heavenly forgiveness
The famous Washington Post executive editor, who died last week, lived down the road from my folks in Candia when Ben had his first newspaper job, as a reporter for my father’s New Hampshire Sunday News.
Not quite. My father, B.J. McQuaid, was planning a daily newspaper with a couple of partners. But when one withdrew, B.J. and Blair Clark decided that a New Hampshire Daily News would have to wait. The Sunday News was born Oct. 6, 1946.
My father and Clark couldn’t get along. Clark, who would run CBS News and then Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 anti-war presidential campaign, bought out my father. B.J. took a job with William Loeb and the Union Leader, which in turn bought out Clark. Bradlee liked to say he was fired by the famous Bill Loeb, but it was really a layoff.
I took Bradlee to lunch after reading his best-selling autobiography. He had written kind words about Elias McQuaid, but he wrote that B.J. had “cheated’’ at golf. Them’s fighting words and Ben allowed that he “shouldn’t have written’’ them.
He couldn’t remember the name of the course but from his description I figured out that it was Derryfield. That’s my home course, and we still play free drops in your own fairway. I’m guessing Ben has now made up with B.J. on a heavenly course.
Write to Joe McQuaid at Publisher@unionleader.com or on Twitter @deucecrew.
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