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The Unforgotten Brian Fitzpatrick

He died almost exactly half a century ago, but don’t think of Brian Fitzpatrick as forgotten. A quick initial “ask around” among my acquaintance produced a fairly full-throated unanimity of: “Forget Brian Fitzpatrick? Come off it! How could anybody forget Brian Fitzpatrick?” So that’s clear enough for starters. Next question: “What do you remember him for?” The following sample of actual answers indicates, you will agree, something very far from unanimity: He was a drunken bum. He was a justly jobless journalist. Whatever, he was trouble, and one kept him out of one’s premises if one could. He was a…

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