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Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972), an American newspaper and radio commentator, invented the gossip column at the New York Evening Graphic.
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- A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
- Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America, from border to border and coast to coast and all the ships at sea. Let’s go to press.
- (variation on above to demonstrate the good neighbor policy, probably) "Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. North and South America and by shortwave to all the ships at sea, let's go to press!"
- Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
Quotes about Winchell
- At the height of his popularity, in the late 1930s, 50 million people—two-thirds of American adults—read Winchell's syndicated column and listened to his Sunday-night radio broadcast.
- Sam Kashner in "Sweet Smell of Success: A Movie Marked Danger". Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood.
- Hated, feared, and revered, he presided over Table 50 of the Stork Club on East 53d Street in Manhattan, creating and destroying celebrities at the drop of his trademark gray snap-brim fedora.