The things I find in old books! This time it is a newspaper clipping from The Detroit News-dated July 28, 1987. It is the obituary of author Jim Bishop. His book: The Day Lincoln Was Shot was one of my early exposures to the Lincoln assassination story. I would still recommend the book even though there are a few historical inaccuracies in it. I have Mr. Bishop’s autograph (See picture above). Below is the obituary as it appeared in The Detroit News:
Jim Bishop, 79, columnist
Biographies covered one day in the lives of great men
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (UPI)-
Jim Bishop, a nationally syndicated columnist for 27 years and author of best-selling books about Jesus, John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and others, died of respiratory failure Sunday.
He was 79.
Bishop began his newspaper career in 1929 as a copy boy for the New York Daily News. Later, he worked for Hearst’s Daily Mirror. His thrice-weekly newspaper column, “Jim Bishop: Reporter,” was carried by more than 200 newspapers at its peak. Bishop once said he liked “lean little sentences” and referred to his work as a “glassy, superficial style and a seasoned touch for saying a lot in a few words.” Among his books were profiles of Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., all focusing on a day in their lives.
Bishop spent 24 years collecting notebooks to produce the popular book The Day Lincoln Was Shot, released in 1955. It sold about 3 million copies and was translated into 16 languages. Bishop wrote two books on Kennedy, A Day in the Life of President Kennedy, which took the reader through a 17-hour day in his administration, and The Day Kennedy Was Shot, a chronicle of Nov. 22, 1963. He retired from writing his column in 1983.Mail this post