Friday, June 24, 2005

I mentioned this before, but it's become such an extraordinary thing that it's worth pointing to again: the Guest Book for Gene Miller on ( is pages and pages now of tributes from former and present colleagues, family friends, and acquaintances. The names are a Who's Who of journalism from the last 40 years. One posting notes that Gene would be proud that his death prompted an 'online Herald reunion' (there was another reunion at his memorial service on Wednesday in Coconut Grove...reporters and editors from around the country attended). It shows the hold that the Miami Herald -- and Gene -- still have over the people who were lucky enough to work there. Despite all the negative things said about the paper for many years, it was, and still is, a community of astonishingly creative people.

On another note, one of those astonishing people is Don Bohning, who made The Herald the prime source of information about the Caribbean for many many years before his retirement. Now Don's book is out: The Castro Obsession: U.S. Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-1965. An excerpt is in the Harvard Review of Latin America spring 2005 issue. I've just received a copy of the book and am looking forward to reading it.


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