Mencken lives

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Tom Minkin, Bal­ti­more

I write to com­mend the G. Jef­fer­son Price III on his out­stand­ing the­sis re­gard­ing the ob­ser­va­tions of H.L. Mencken, the “Sage of Bal­ti­more” (“‘The White House will be adorned by a down­right mo­ron,’” Nov. 25). Mr. Price’s piece was both pre­scient and hi­lar­i­ous. (In fact, I am still laugh­ing about it some 48 hours later.) I never met H.L. Mencken, but my father whose name was H.N. Minkin was a con­tem­po­rary of his, and since Mencken re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from across the coun­try while he was with The Evening Sun, my father be­came ac­quainted with him (ca­su­ally) due to the fact that many peo­ple around the coun­try could not spell Mencken and thus my father in­ad­ver­tently re­ceived mail for him and would of­ten de­liver it to him. To say that Mencken’s ob­ser­va­tions on to­day’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate would be hu­mor­ous is to grossly un­der­state the ob­vi­ous!

Even though dated, his ob­ser­va­tions are spot on with re­spect to the Amer­i­can public to­day. Fur­ther­more, Mr. Price bril­liantly couches his ob­ser­va­tions in such a way that it is not too far a stretch to say that Mencken yet lives.

Fi­nally, Mr. Price’s ob­ser­va­tions are greatly missed by those of us who are long­time read­ers of your pa­per, and here’s hop­ing that you call upon him from time to time to brighten your oped page.

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