Sophisticated readers all over the nation will recall
him as the author of such best-selling books as Mrs. Astor's Horse, The Night
Club Era, City Editor and Home to Texas. But New Yorkers who date back to the
pre-repeal era will remember Stanley Walker best as the tangy and provocative
city editor of the New York Herald Tribune in an age when daily journalism was
as jealous of style and flavor as it is now of circulation and advertising
revenues. He zealously studied the public's peccadilloes and helped to mold its
taste. This may be a tactless time to mention it, but before he left them after
26 years to return to his native Texas, Walker's New York friends considered
him a gourmet.
His friend, James Thurber, whose pertinent drawings,
hitherto unpublished, adorn these pages and the cover of this issue, has
recently added acting to his assorted accomplishments. He plays James Thurber
in the hit Broadway production of A Thurber Carnival.