"I have no claims to objectivity. I’m not objective. I never was objective and I’m never going to be objective. Is anybody? I just hope I’m fair."
— journalist Richard Ben Cramer, who died yesterday at 62, quoted in Martha Sherrill’s 1992 profile in the Style section of The Washington Post.
"‘Deep Throat’ is only a dirty movie. Daniel Ellsberg is still seeing the same psychiatrist. Robert Bork sits on the Supreme Court, appointed in 1976, because he never sacked Archibald Cox, because Archibald Cox never left Harvard to become a special prosecutor, because there was nothing to prosecute, specially. Elizabeth Taylor is dead. She was never saved from drugs and booze and overeating by the Betty Ford Center, because the Betty Ford Center does not exist, because Betty Ford remained a perfectly happy golf widow in Grand Rapids, Mich., who sometimes acted a little silly at Christmas parties. … A generation of talented young people, over-educated and under-experienced, never took to sorting mail and answering phones at newspapers, trying to become famous reporters like Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Instead, they became insurance actuaries, dentists and performance artists."
— Martha Sherrill, in a June 7, 1992, essay “What if Watergate hadn’t happened?” The 40th anniversary of the break-in is this month, Nixon was worse than we thought, and while investigative journalism is at risk, we still gate-ify every scandal.
"I think fat, out-of-shape people should be fined."
— Jack LaLanne (1914-2011), quoted in Martha Sherrill’s rollicking profile of the fitness guru in the Style section in 1994.