Continuing to rummage through my clip box, I came across a piece I wrote when I was just a couple of years out of college, which is to say, I knew nothing about Roy Cohn and even less about his most famous boss, Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Nonetheless, it was 1986, Cohn was in the news, and there I was at his Upper East Side townhouse, getting the inside skinny, or something.
Until today, I had not laid eyes on this piece in the intervening decades. At some point, though, especially after my post-2008 acquaintance with the legend and life of Joseph McCarthy, which started here, I began to wonder what in tarnation I might have written.
Here it is -- my profile of Roy Cohn from another time and place. As I recall, the dramatic photo of Cohn won a Washington Press Association prize for my friend, the photographer Stephen Crowley, who went on to spend a long career at the New York Times.