Kupcinet, Irv

Biography:

Longtime gossip columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who wrote a column from 1943 to 2003. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2003: "Irv Kupcinet, the celebrity-adoring gossip columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times whose daily jottings amounted to a love letter to the city where he himself became a celebrity, died there on Monday. He was 91, and his last column ran on Thursday....Known affectionately as Kup to his readers, he began writing ''Kup's Column'' in The Chicago Daily Times in January 1943, and easily weathered the absorption of The Daily Times into The Chicago Sun, which became The Sun-Times in 1948. Mr. Kupcinet had a wide-eyed love of celebrities -- movie stars, tycoons, popes, presidents, beautiful people, kings and potentates of every description, even princes of the underworld. He pursued those who ventured to Chicago by table-hopping at lunch, inviting some to his table at the Pump Room, inviting others to appear on his marathon Saturday night television show. And for those he could not reach personally, he relied on sources that included publicity agents, headwaiters, cabbies and even gangsters and their lawyers. Gangsters, he said, were often more reliable as tipsters than were respected citizens."

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