Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Washington Report Remembers Maury Maverick

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Washington Report Remembers Maury Maverick

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Everyone at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was fond of Maury Maverick. The frequent missives addressed to various staff members in his unmistakable scrawling hand were welcome arrivals, as were his phone calls. This despite the fact that he frequently complained that our magazine was way too dense-too many pages, too many words-and couldn't we make it a little easier on our readers?

Along with Washington Report publisher Andy Killgore, Maury was a dyed-in-the-wool Yellow Dog Democrat. Unlike his friend from Alabama, however, Maury could not bring himself to abandon the party of Eleanor Roosevelt. He agonized over the last election, but ended up voting for Al Gore, despite his own serious reservations and my repeated suggestion that he consider Ralph Nader.

Maury and executive editor Dick Curtiss had more of a love-hate relationship. I believe the word "Neanderthal" was thrown around-Dick's sin apparently being that he admitted to being a "Rockefeller Republican." Rockefeller or no, Republicans were not high on Maury's list of evolutionary achievement.

What drew us all to Maury was the knowledge that he was a man of ideals and principles. He cared passionately for what was right, and defended it throughout his life. He suffered for it, too: not only because he often was in the minority-initially, at least-but because he truly identified with the suffering of the victims of McCarthyism, segregation, the Vietnam War, and Israel's treatment of Palestinians. …

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