Jeffrey Blyth came over to New York from England as chief U.S. correspondent for The Daily Mail in 1957. A decade later, he began a long association with another UK newspaper, the Press Gazette, as a weekly columnist. But it all started rather inauspiciously:
Originally because it was feared the Mail might object, he contributed anonymously – or in the beginning using his wife’s byline.
His wife Myrna was working at the time for Family Circle. She would go on to become a longtime editor of Ladies Home Journal and founder of More magazine.
The Press Gazette obituary covers all the bases of Blyth’s illustrious career and also includes a piece he wrote in August of 2008 for the paper’s final weekly print edition. From that article:
I was standing just a few paces behind Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s assassin, when he was shot by Dallas night-club owner Jack Ruby in the basement garage of the Dallas Police headquarters.
At the time I thought it was flash bulbs popping, until they carried Oswald’s body past me and laid it on a desk top. Even then I had to watch a replay of the shooting on TV before I really understood what had happened.
- Miami Beach Officials Aiming to Cancel Arthur Godfrey
- RIP: Elaine Stritch
- Steve Forbes, John Kerry Call Attention to Journalist's Unsolved Murder
- A.O. Scott's Uncle Eli Passes at Age 98