Bob interviews Marilyn Monroe (1955)
Robert Stein was the longtime editor of Redbook in its heyday, publisher, media critic, journalism teacher and blogger, former chairman of the American Society of Magazine Editors, and author of Media Power: Who Is Shaping Your Picture of the World? He was a friend of the rich and famous, including Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. And he was my friend.
Before the war in Iraq, Bob wrote in The New York Times:
"I see a generation gap in the debate over going to war in Iraq. Those of us who fought in World War II know there was no instant or easy glory in being part of 'The Greatest Generation,' just as we knew in the 1990s that stock-market booms don't last forever. We don’t have all the answers, but we want to spare our children and grandchildren from being slaughtered by politicians with a video-game mentality."This, Bob explained, was not meant to extol geezer wisdom but suggest that:
"Even in our age of 24/7 hot flashes, something can be said for perspective. The Web is a wide space for spreading news, but it can also be a deep well of collective memory to help us understand today's world. In olden days, tribes kept village elders around to remind them with which foot to begin the ritual dance. Start the music."Bob kept blogging practically until the day he left this mortal coil. We shall miss him.
Top photograph by Ed Fayngersh