Donald Graham. the former chief executive officer and chairman of The Washington Post Company has said he reads the daily newspaper in the "correct manner," starting with the sports section before going on to serious news. I disagree. The correct place to start reading any newspaper — if you still read one, and you should — is the obituaries section.
My friend Bob Greene and I were reminiscing on the phone recently about the passing of Dick Clark, who died at age 82 on April 18. That two people from starkly different backgrounds like us would be talking about this TV icon says much about Mr. Clark's staying power, at least for those of the postwar generation who gave Mr. Clark his push to entertainment and economic success.