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A Prolific Pen Silenced

Patricia Sullivan

Cy Shain, who has not yet received an obituary in his preferred newspaper, is not forgotten. David Margolick in The Nation writes about the man who was wildly successful at getting his letters to the editor published in the New York Times.

Thirty-nine times over the past decade Shain, who lived in San Francisco, was in the paper on all manner of suitably weighty subjects: the Iraq War, campaign finance reform, the death penalty, nuclear proliferation. He had six letters printed each year in 2001, 2002 and 2003. People who have spent lifetimes trying to break into the Times might equate Shain's record with Babe Ruth's in 1920, the year he hit more home runs by himself than any other team in the American League.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 29, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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