Shana Alexander

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Shana Alexander in 1978

Shana Alexander (6 October 192523 June 2005) was an American journalist. Although she became the first woman staff writer and columnist for Life magazine, she was best known for her participation in the "Point-Counterpoint" debate segments of 60 Minutes, in the late 1970s, with conservative James J. Kilpatrick.


  • The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
    • The Feminine Eye (1970), p. 33
  • We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.
    • The Feminine Eye (1970), p. 169
  • Faithful horoscope-watching, practiced daily, provides just the sort of small but warm and infinitely reassuring fillip that gets matters off to a spirited start.
    • A delicious appeal to unreason (2005) [1]

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