A Sailor's Story: Lieutenant Osborn Elliott

On October 25, 1924, Lieutenant Osborn Elliott was born in New York City.  He started his first newspaper by the age of eight.  

Lieutenant Osborn Elliott graduated from Harvard and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific aboard the heavy cruiser Boston.

After the war, he began his (paid) journalism career, first at the Journal of Commerce, then at Time. Finally, in 1955 Lieutenant Osborn Elliott moved to Newsweek, where he introduced by-lines and became the Editor in Chief in 1969.

Civically, Lieutenant Osborn Elliott was also active, founding in 1975 the Citizen's Committee for New York City with Senator Jacob Javits, and in 1976 became the Deputy Mayor of New York.  

Lieutenant Osborn Elliott also contributed to education and was named dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  

He wrote an autobiography, "The World of OZ," and died on September 28, 2008.


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