At 17, Paul Sann (1914-1986) quit high school in The Bronx to go to work on a newspaper - then The New York Evening Post - as a $12-a-week copy boy. He broke in as a reporter on the police beat, moved to the courts and made a name for himself covering welfare in the late Thirties. In 1945, an ulcer knocked him out of going to the Pacific as a war correspondent. He would get his chance 28 years later at 59 when war erupted in the Mideast.
Over the course of his 47-year career, he reported on seminal political and cultural events. A flavor of his published journalism appears here. Also, a sampling of the inter-office letters and memos he fired from his desk to his staff and the publisher over three decades as executive editor of The New York Post. Widely considered one of the best newspapermen of his generation, Paul Sann was a masterful text editor, prided himself in developing talent and elevated tabloid headline writing to an art (See "Page One").