Editors' BlogMarch 7, 2008

A Final Amen at Amen Corner

Bill Fields' terrific story on Herb Wind and Amen Corner in the Masters Section brought back memories for Peter Kaufman of New York City.

I had the privilege of taking a college course in Sports Journalism in the early 1970's, taught by Herbert Warren Wind. That resulted in once or twice a year lunches with Mr Wind for about twenty years or so, to my absolute delight.  The substance of the lunches was blessedly one-sided, as I always implored him to do pretty much all the talking while I did all the listening (with the occasional question tossed in).  Of this much I am certain: Mr Wind would have applauded the outing of his "mistake" regarding the musical provenance of the phrase "Amen Corner".  He treasured accuracy and precision in his incredibly textured and honed prose, and I cannot help but feel that Richard Moore's record-correction would have been rewarded  with one of Mr Wind's trademark broad smiles and a slight nod of the head.   Tough to get Higher approval than that!>

I agree, Peter. I think Herb would have loved Bill's piece. It was the most respectful, laudatory correction in the history of magazines.

--Bob Carney

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