born in 1938. He was a news
correspondent or reporter -- the terms mean the same thing -- from 1953 to 1999.
He worked for his hometown
papers in Richmond, Virginia and helped pay his way through UVA by covering
the various police forces in Charlottesville.
He was bi-lingual in
French, because he went to French schools in Paris for four years while his
father was the news editor of what then was the Paris edition of the late, much
lamented New York Herald Tribune.
When he got his B.A. in
English he went back to Paris and spent two years at Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Back in the States he spent a disastrous summer with a bunch of nasty fools at
the Associated Press in Milwaukee. After telling them several times what he
thought of them they fired him.
He moved to Washington,
went to work for UPI in 1962 and stayed until he retired when UPI imploded in
1999. He covered the White House for a little more than two years and spent most
of the rest of the time covering Congress and National Politics.
He worked mainly as a
radio correspondent but did a lot of newspaper work and a little TV. His
work was at one time carried on thousands of radio stations literally all
over the world. At one point UPI estimated that on any given day he was
probably heard by several hundred million people.
writes for a newspaper in Clarke County sometimes. This is his fiftieth year
in journalism. The story on the upper right ran in the Clarke County
The Times-Courier is the
biggest newspaper in the Clarke County Metropolitan Area.
(OK, it's the ONLY
newspaper in the Clarke County Metropolitan area ... and it's not much of a
metropolitan area, although the county seat, Berryville does have several
stoplights and county's population runs into the THOUSANDS [13,000, give or
Below is part of a
piece UPI got Pye to write: half of an analytical election scene-setter
commentary by a UPI employer who functioned as a conservative columnist
offset by a visiting liberal: in this case, me. It ran just before the 2002
War is at stake in the elections two weeks
from next Tuesday.
So is the economy,
health, Social Security and issues including abortion, gun control, taxes
and possibly whether a conservative abortion opponent, Dr. W. David Hager,
who prescribes prayer as a headache remedy joins the FDA panel on
reproductive health. He recommends that women read scripture to ward off
premenstrual syndrome. He and his wife have written books saying prayer
War seems inevitable.
It is popular now, but unless it is as quick and easy as the Gulf War was,
it will lose support with each body bag landed at Dover, Delaware, where
they landed by the tens of thousands in the Vietnam War. If it festers, as
wars can, itís popularity will fade with every scream from a wounded boy in
a hospital bed and every disfigured veteran limping down a street or
If Republicans retake
control of the Senate and keep control of the House, George Bush, Dick
Cheney and Don Rumsfeld will have a blank check to run the war as hard and
for as long as they want.
The war will hurt the economy. The
non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says a three month war will cost
about 75 billion dollars in this fiscal year. That would boost the deficit
to about $225 billion this year: and that is assuming that the White House
was right when, in July, it forecast a NON-WAR deficit of $150 billion. This
White House, as most White Houses are, is a little casual about math: in
February it said this yearís deficit would be $106 billion.