Currently alive, at 92 years of age.
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1925 – Born on the 14th of August in Loudoun Co, Virginia, USA.
1947 – Received his B.A. from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
1954-1962 – He joined the New York Times.
1962 – Launched his ‘Observer’ column, with its wide-ranging, generally humorous observations on politics and life.
1979 – Won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in recognition of his "Observer" column.
1983 – He again won Pulitzer Prize for his best-selling first volume of reminiscences for his autobiography, Growing Up.
1992-2004 – Became an essayist, journalist and biographer, as well as the host of the PBS show Masterpiece Theatre.
"I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world."