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2163Re: Molly Ivins Dies of Cancer at 62

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  • Gregory
    Jan 31, 2007
      Thank you Greg for posting this. I had not heard until tonight when
      I read your post.

      I am really sad to hear this news. What a lady. What a crisp clear
      writer. What a charming wit. I was lucky to have seen her speak here
      in Madison several years ago and laughed and laughed over her
      comments....mostly because they were true. She was loved and will be
      deeply missed.


      --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...>
      > http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?
      > Molly Ivins Dies of Cancer at 62
      > By KELLEY SHANNON, Associated Press Writer
      > Wednesday, January 31, 2007
      > (01-31) 16:19 PST Austin, Texas (AP) --
      > Best-selling author and columnist Molly Ivins, the
      > sharp-witted liberal who skewered the political
      > establishment and referred to President Bush as
      > "Shrub," died Wednesday after a long battle with
      > breast cancer. She was 62.
      > David Pasztor, managing editor of the Texas Observer,
      > confirmed her death.
      > The writer, who made a living poking fun at Texas
      > politicians, whether they were in her home base of
      > Austin or the White House, revealed in early 2006 that
      > she was being treated for breast cancer for the third
      > time.
      > More than 400 newspapers subscribed to her nationally
      > syndicated column, which combined strong liberal views
      > and populist-toned humor. Ivins' illness did not seem
      > to hurt her ability to deliver biting one-liners.
      > "I'm sorry to say (cancer) can kill you but it doesn't
      > make you a better person," she said in an interview
      > with the San Antonio Express-News in September, the
      > same month cancer claimed her friend former Gov. Ann
      > Richards.
      > To Ivins, "liberal" wasn't an insult term. "Even I
      > felt sorry for Richard Nixon when he left; there's
      > nothing you can do about being born liberal — fish
      > gotta swim and hearts gotta bleed," she wrote in a
      > column included in her 1998 collection, "You Got to
      > Dance With Them What Brung You."
      > In a column in mid-January, Ivins urged readers to
      > stand up against Bush's plan to send more troops to
      > Iraq.
      > "We are the people who run this country. We are the
      > deciders. And every single day, every single one of us
      > needs to step outside and take some action to help
      > stop this war," Ivins wrote in the Jan. 11 column. "We
      > need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and
      > demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"
      > Ivins' best-selling books included those she
      > co-authored with Lou Dubose about Bush. One was titled
      > "Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George
      > W. Bush" and another was "BUSHWHACKED: Life in George
      > W. Bush's America."
      > Ivins' jolting satire was directed at people in
      > positions of power. She maintained that aiming it at
      > the powerless would be cruel.
      > "The trouble with blaming powerless people is that
      > although it's not nearly as scary as blaming the
      > powerful, it does miss the point," she wrote in a 1997
      > column. "Poor people do not shut down factories ...
      > Poor people didn't decide to use `contract employees'
      > because they cost less and don't get any benefits."
      > In an Austin speech last year, former President Bill
      > Clinton described Ivins as someone who was "good when
      > she praised me and who was painfully good when she
      > criticized me."
      > Ivins loved to write about politics and called the
      > Texas Legislature, which she playfully referred to as
      > "The Lege," the best free entertainment in Austin.
      > "Naturally, when it comes to voting, we in Texas are
      > accustomed to discerning that fine hair's-breadth
      > worth of difference that makes one hopeless dipstick
      > slightly less awful than the other. But it does raise
      > the question: Why bother?" she wrote in a 2002 column
      > about a California political race.
      > Born Mary Tyler Ivins, the California native grew up
      > in Houston. She graduated from Smith College in 1966
      > and attended Columbia University's journalism school.
      > She also studied for a year at the Institute of
      > Political Sciences in Paris.
      > Her first newspaper job was in the complaint
      > department of the Houston Chronicle. She worked her
      > way up at the Chronicle, then went on to the
      > Minneapolis Tribune, becoming the first woman police
      > reporter in the city.
      > Ivins counted as her highest honors that the
      > Minneapolis police force named its mascot pig after
      > her and that she was once banned from the campus of
      > Texas A&M University, according to a biography on the
      > Creators Syndicate Web site.
      > In the late 1960s, according to the syndicate, she was
      > assigned to a beat called "Movements for Social
      > Change" and wrote about "angry blacks, radical
      > students, uppity women and a motley assortment of
      > other misfits and troublemakers."
      > Ivins later became co-editor of The Texas Observer, a
      > liberal Austin-based biweekly publication of politics
      > and literature that was founded more than 50 years
      > ago.
      > She joined The New York Times in 1976. She worked
      > first as a political reporter in New York and later
      > was named Rocky Mountain bureau chief, covering nine
      > mountain states.
      > But Ivins' use of salty language and her habit of
      > going barefoot in the office were too much for the
      > Times, said longtime friend Ben Sargent, editorial
      > cartoonist with the Austin American-Statesman.
      > "She's a force of nature," Sargent said.
      > Ivins returned to Texas as a columnist for the Dallas
      > Times-Herald in 1982, and after it closed she spent
      > nine years with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In 2001,
      > she went independent and wrote her column for Creators
      > Syndicate.
      > In 1995, conservative humorist Florence King accused
      > Ivins in "American Enterprise" magazine of plagiarism
      > for failing to properly credit King for several
      > passages in a 1988 article in "Mother Jones." Ivins
      > apologized, saying the omissions were unintentional
      > and pointing out that she credited King elsewhere in
      > the piece.
      > She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in
      > 1999, and she had a recurrence in 2003. Her latest
      > diagnosis came around Thanksgiving 2005.
      > ___
      > Associated Press writers April Castro in Austin and
      > Matt Curry in Dallas contributed to this report.
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