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Jon Margolis

Jon Margolis, political columnist for, is the author of The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964. A former Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Jon has also served as a sports writer, correspondent-at-large and general columnist. Before joining the Tribune in 1973, Margolis had been the Albany Bureau Chief for Newsday and a reporter for the Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J.; the Miami Herald and the Concord Monitor (N.H.).

In addition to The Last Innocent Year, published by William Morrow in 1999, he is the author of How To Fool Fish With Feathers: An Incompleat Guide to Fly Fishing (Simon and Schuster, 1991) and The Quotable Bob Dole — Witty, Wise and Otherwise, (Avon Books, 1995). He also wrote two chapters of Howard Dean: A Citizen’s Guide to the Man Who Would be President (Steerforth, 2003). A native of New Jersey, Margolis graduated from Oberlin College and served in the US Army.

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