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Popular NY Times Columnist — Whose Book About Attica Prison Was Made Into a TV Movie — Dead at 85

Nov 29, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A political writer who penned 20 books and was the subject of a television movie has died, reports The New York Times.

Tom Wicker, who was the focus of a TV movie about the Attica prison riots, was 85 and died at his home near Rochester, Vt., the story reports.

During his tenure as a top columnist with The New York Times — including a stint as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief — Wicker covered JFK’s assassination as well as the Watergate scandal. For his opposition to President Richard Nixon’s handling of the scandal, Wicker was on the infamous Nixon "enemies list."

In 1971, Wicker was chosen as an observer during the siege at Attica prison in upstate New York. His book about the experience, "A Time to Die" was hailed by critics. In a 1980 ABC television movie based on the uprising called "Attica," George Grizzard portrayed Wicker.

In addition to his books and columns, throughout the 1970s Wicker was a regular on political television programs.

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Tom Wicker

 

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