RIP Herb Klein

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 2, 2009

Former Copley Newspapers Editor-in-Chief Herb Klein died today at the age of 91. Klein was also notable as the first-ever White House communications director, serving President Richard Nixon.

I met Klein several years ago when I had the audacity to apply for a job opening for an editorial writer at the Union-Tribune. The only reason I got as far in the interview proces as I did was this blog. I didn't get the job, but I did get the privilege of having two interviews with Klein during the process.

Being in his office was like entering a sort of political museum. I was admitted to his office a few minutes before he came in and just stared at the walls, spotting a Herblock cartoon depicting Klein holding on to both sides of a "credibility" chasm between Nixon and the press.

I enjoyed our conversations -- they felt much more like that than an interview -- and remember him putting off the end of our second interview by several minutes to finish up a subject even though his next appointment was waiting in the lobby. As I walked out, I recognized the guest who'd been kept waiting, but didn't put a name on him until I was back downstairs at my desk. The guy kept cooling his heels was Daniel Goldin, NASA administrator.

RIP, Herb Klein.


I'll take a look at dude's new book, but this tweet isn't promising. Watts is a self-aggrandizing extremist whose easily debunked smears have done a lot of damage to her own cause. Also, within pro-gun-control circles everyone knows she's toxic, & Busse surely knows this.

Ryan Busse@ryandbusse

It’s time for reasonable gun owners to cry bullshit on those who demonize good people like @shannonrwatts who are just fighting to make the world better. As Shannon says…it’s also time to buy this book.

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