Monday, December 10, 2007

Can't Imagine How AP Got This Death Scoop

Rene J. Cappon, longtime editor for The Associated Press and the word master behind some of its best writers, died Sunday. He was 83.

The Viennese-born Cappon, known to colleagues as Jack, died Sunday in a nursing home in Port Washington, N.Y., said his wife, Susan. He died of what was believed to be natural causes. Over a half-century at the AP, Cappon held a variety of jobs: editor and reporter in Baltimore and Kansas City, Mo.; editor of AP NewsFeatures; writing coach; and general news editor when that was the top editorial position for the news cooperative. He retired in 2002.

Click the link above (or below, for that matter) for more info, including the nugget that "Of all languages, English was the one that seduced him." Oh, that English. Such a temptress. In the end, though, I think we all know she's just a tease.

[AP (Duh!)]

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