November 21, 2005

Veteran journalist Hugh Sidey dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Veteran Time magazine correspondent
Hugh Sidey, who chronicled U.S. presidents for more than 40
years, died on Monday in Paris, a spokeswoman for Time said. He
was 78.

The son of an Iowa newspaper editor, Sidey covered 10 U.S.
presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He began
covering Eisenhower for Life magazine in 1957 and later became
Time's White House correspondent and bureau chief.

He began writing Time's "The Presidency" column in 1966.

Sidey followed John F. Kennedy to the Vienna Summit with
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and was with Kennedy when the
president was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

Sidey traveled with Richard Nixon on the president's
breakthrough visit to China in 1972 and recorded Nixon's exit
from Washington when the president resigned two years later.

He was one of the few reporters to whom Ronald Reagan
talked regularly during his eight years in the White House.

Sidey was also at the White House when Bill Clinton brought
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat together for a handshake in 1993 that began peace
talks between Israel and the PLO.

Born on September 3, 1927, Sidey attended Iowa State
University and occasionally returned to Greenfield, Iowa, to
work on his family's weekly newspaper.

Sidey, who lived in a Maryland suburb of Washington, was
elected president of the White House Historical Association in
1998. He and his wife, Anne, have four children.