R.W. “Johnny” Apple, a legendary journalist and alumnus of the School of General Studies, passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Apple worked at the New York Times for over 40 years, covering the Vietnam War, the revolutions in Nigeria and Iran, the fall of Communist governments in Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Hungary, and the Persian Gulf War. Additionally, he served as the national political correspondent for the Times from 1970 to 1976 and as the paper’s bureau chief in Albany, Lagos, Nairobi, Saigon, Moscow, London, and Washington.
Also renowned for his writing on culture, food, and wine, Apple was named associate editor of the Times in 2002 and is the author of two travel guides rich with economic, social, architectural, and cultural history, Apple’s Europe and Apple’s America. Apple graduated magna cum laude from GS in 1961 after being expelled—twice—from Princeton University. While studying at Columbia, he was already a working journalist, writing for TheWall Street Journal and NBC News. In addition to numerous other accolades, including an Emmy for his work as a correspondent on "The Huntley-Brinkley Report," Apple received the GS Owl Award in 1986 and was No. 90 on the Columbia Spectator’s list of the 250 Greatest Columbians.
Please see below for much more on R.W. Apple, including remembrances from friends and fellow journalists: New York Times (including links to past stories and a list of some of his favorite restaurants): http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/05/us/05apple.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Columbia Daily Spectator: http://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2006/10/10/News/Apple.71.Was.Times.Lead.Writer-2341143.shtml
Daily Princetonian: http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/archives/2006/10/05/news/16071.shtml