In regard to Miller's article on older writers in Calendar, we keep a coterie of ink-stained dinosaurs around Los Angeles newsrooms as well.

We are used to provide answers for the staff, like: "No, Sandy Koufax wasn't a beach, he was a baseball pitcher." And: "It wasn't Franklin D. Roosevelt who went charging up San Juan Hill, Maybelline, it was Teddy. No, Roosevelt, not Kennedy."

Some of us who were actually shaving before 1970 are handy to have around if someone over 50 dies. We usually have a vague idea who he was, like, say, head of General Motors, or a Pope or President.


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