William Safire

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Birthday
17, 1929
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 27, 2009 (79)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1929
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Sep 27, 2009 (79)

About

A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for The New York Times, he also wrote the popular "On Language" column for the New York Times Magazine. His politically-themed non-fiction works include Safire's Political Dictionary, Before the Fall: An Inside View of the Pre-Watergate White House, and Plunging into Politics.

Before Fame

He worked as a public relations executive from 1955 to 1960, after working as a radio and television producer and an Army correspondent. He became a political columnist for The New York Times in 1973.

Trivia

He wrote a speech for President Richard Nixon entitled "In Event of Moon Disaster." Nixon never delivered the speech.

Family Life

He was born in New York City to a Romanian Jewish family and briefly attended Syracuse University. In 1962, he married Helene Belmar Julius.

Associated With

After Nixon's 1968 victory, Safire became the president's speech writer; he also wrote speeches for Spiro Agnew.