Maybe I am just making excuses for my disorganized and often lengthy posts. I don't have control over where searches take me. Enthusiasm influences me often to post too soon and the content is raw. The other point I was attempting to make was that I think it is premature to dismiss Bill Simpich's sincerity or decide on his motives.
Continuing from my last post...
by Michael J. Arlen
I went to work for Life in the summer of 1952. I was twenty-one years old, just out of college (where I had majored indistinctly in Greek and Latin, and had stumbled my way through the usual writing courses), and felt that it was about time I had a job. It was June....
....Sid picked up a couple of wire-service pictures off the Newsfront pile. "Hey," he said. "These ought to be going to Sports. They're doing a big takeout on politicians and athletes." "They are?" I said. "Sure," said Sid. "Kauffman is shooting in California." He gathered up the pictures and sauntered off. "Hi, Mait!" he called to an older rather distinguished-looking man who was walking by. Maitland Edey was the assistant managing editor, I knew that much. "Hi, Sid," said Mait.
Life was a friendly, first-name sort of place, whose physical layout then was somewhere between that of a well-scrubbed newspaper office and a conservative ad agency. The Newsfront reporters worked in an open area, a "bullpen," as did the reporters in a few of the larger departments, such as Foreign and Entertainment. Writers and editors had small, wood-desk, linoleum-floor offices, which were virtually never kept closed. Sometimes, on a deadline night, a Newsfront writer might close his door. But that was only in an emergency. For the most part, the doors were always open. Everyone sauntered in and out. Everyone was pals....
...."'Spellbinders' is closing tomorrow," said Thornton one afternoon. Casual. Very professional. The captain takes command of his ship. Gone were the vagueness and disorder—only to be replaced, I discovered, by a gentle malaise of anxiety and worry. The next morning we were scheduled to show pictures—with a commentary by the reporter, me—to Ed Thompson, the managing editor. Big Ed. The brusque, roughhewn managing editor from the Midwest, who had been hired a few years back to rescue Life from its too extensive dabblings in Culture and move it into News. Ed Thompson didn't give a damn about the Renaissance Man series. Ed Thompson smoked cigars all day long. He swore aloud. He had been a colonel in the Air Force. He was the best damn picture man in the country, said hotshot Newsfront reporters admiringly......
How Impact Began, Was Edited and Used During World War II By James Parton The Development and Application of Air Power Essays by Lieutenant ... He was Edward K. Thompson, subsequently Managing Editor and Editor of Life and currently Editor of the distinguished ... Thompson signed up two Life veterans, Lieutenant (later Major) Maitland A. Edey and Lieutenant (later Captain) Tom Prideaux.
A love affair with Life & Smithsonian - Page 129 books.google.com/books?id=H8tmAAAAMAAJ
Lee Forman Posted 22 February 2005 - 07:22 PM
Shanet - I believe the letters spell 'Kodak' -- Kodakchrome or Cinechrome or something similar. I do not know whether or not they are consistent throughout the film....
Using the 'primary' layer of the Zapruder film to establish much of anything, IMO, is highly suspect - as will one day be seen when one of the other films emerges - despite the predictable efforts by the disinformationists to discredit entire as a hoax.
There is another section which IMO appears to be a view from behind the picketfence, focused on the action behind the retaining wall. Inconclusive, but would a highly sophisticated computer program be able to separate the cross-talk using some serious algorithms and photogrammetery? I'll offer that one - I may animate it to gauge movement.
Also - don't know if you ever saw my piece on the Shaneyfelt exhibit? I'll post it here, as it may be connected. Edward K. Thompson had a hand in 'filling in the cracks' in the backyard photo. Thompson was C.D. Jackson's editor and apparently had some skill at creating composites. There's a basement/garage I would like to root through. Maybe he has some kin that can be contacted.
The attached from the Warren Report.
Sharp eye, Lee, as usual
Looks like the mattes had picked up some text along the way ...
Good stuff on Thompson, that guy was a ranking "lifer" in the agencies.
Edited the Army Intelligence Magazine and was in charge of intelligence
concerning the Luftwaffe....now that is just a good independent journalist, Lee...
This whole Zapruder / backyard / Life Magazine connection goes through
an intelligence agent, Thompson...very interesting...
Edited by Shanet Clark, 22 February 2005
Digest Editor Resigns By DAVID E. SANGER Published: March 26, 1984
The editor in chief of Reader's Digest, Edward T. Thompson, resigned Friday because of what the company called ''fundamental differences of editorial philosophy'' with the magazine's board of directors.
His successor, effective immediately, will be Kenneth O. Gilmore, the magazine's executive editor and vice president of the Reader's Digest Association, the privately held parent company of the publication.
A spokesman for the association would not elaborate on the reasons for Mr. Thompson's sudden departure, other than to say that his differences were with ''representatives of Lila Acheson Wallace,'' who owns all of the voting shares in the company. There was no answer yesterday at Mr. Thompson's home in Bedford, N.Y. The spokesman said that Mr. Thompson, who is 56 years old and has edited the magazine for eight years, would take early retirement.....
E. T. Thompson Weds Susan JacobsonPublished: November 29, 1981
Susan L. Jacobson, a freelance editor, and Edward T. Thompson, editor in chief of Reader's Digest, were married yesterday at the home of the bridegroom in Bedford, N.Y. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Stephen M. Bolle, rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Katonah, N.Y.
The bride, who was until recently a senior editor at Reader's Digest, is a former associate editor at the Ladies' Home Journal. She was graduated from Wells College, where she was dean of students.
She is a daughter of Mrs. Allan C. Jacobson Jr. of Washington, N.J., and the late Mr. Jacobson. Her father was manager of the women's wear woolen division of J. P. Stevens & Company.
Mr. Thompson, whose previous marriage ended in divorce, is a member of the executive committee and a director of Reader's Digest. He is a former writer at Fortune magazine and at McGraw-Hill Publications. He is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a son of Edward K. Thompson of Mahopac, N.Y., and the late Marguerite Thompson. His father is a former editor and publisher of Smithsonian magazine and former editor of Life magazine.
Summary: After WWII, two USAAF Intel. officers come together in high ranking Life Magazine editorial positions.
Thompson's son rises to the top at Reader's Digest, Edey's son employs Robert E Webster for the remainder
of his working years, under this manager.:
NEW BEDFORD — David G. Davignon, 62, of Fairhaven, died suddenly on Monday, December 14, 2009, at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford. He was the husband of his high school sweetheart Susan (Barrow) Davignon, to whom he had been married for 41 years.
Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Philip and Marie E. (Picard) Davignon, he was a graduate of Fairhaven High School, class of 1965. He continued his education at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas.
An avid boater, David began working with Edey & Duff in 1970, a boat building company located in Mattapoisett and Marathon, FL. In his 40 years with Edey & Duff, acting as President and General Manager, David endeavored many projects, two of his favorites being the Conch 27, a fishing boat aimed at the fishing guides in the Florida Keys, and the Sakonnet 23, a traditional double ended day sailor.....