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As the news community mourns the passing of Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, Lisa Wilson, Product Manager for ProQuest Newssstand, reflects on her own encounters with the man described in his recent obituary as “the quintessential newspaper editor of his era.”

Lisa says, “I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Bradlee (as I called him, of course!) during a sales call to The Washington Post in 1985 as young trainee.  The owner of Universal Press Syndicate where I worked, John McMeel, brought me in to meet him. He and Bradlee were great friends and John was allegedly the syndicate salesman in the movie ‘All the President's Men.’ 

“From then on, whenever I called on the Post, I made it a point to try and say hello to him.  I was lucky enough to catch him on a few occasions. Bradlee was welcoming, serious, gruff, and charming all at once.  He loved to talk about the newspaper business or the latest news event.  He was never dull.  Bradlee arrived at the Post at 10 a.m. each morning, often with Katherine Graham alongside him.  I always scheduled my appointments with the Post for 10 a.m., just so I could see them.  It was like watching history.”

Find out more about the life and work of Ben Bradlee on ProQuest, through online primary sources, including official documents, ebooks and news resources, the entire archive of The Washington Post (1877-1977), as well as the current news files of The Washington Post, and hundreds more newspapers and blogs in ProQuest Newsstand.

Through these sources, researchers can:

•    Document the unfolding of Watergate scandal through original Washington Post articles and reports by Bradlees’ rookie journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
•    Learn of Bradlees’s response to the surprise revelation of the identity of ‘Deep Throat’ thirty years after Watergate, and the response by other newspapers to this news kept secret by Bradlee and his reporters over three decades. [Image source: ProQuest Newsstand]
•    Understand Bradlee’s role in publishing the Pentagon Papers, alongside Katherine Graham, disclosing unknown and embarrassing U.S. involvements in Vietnam.
•    Discover more about Bradlees’s distinguished family heritage, his marriages, and his personal and professional connections with President Kennedy.

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23 Oct 2014

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