David Halberstam has been killed in a car accident, age 73. Canít quite take this in yet, in part because the accident happened in a location I drive by all the time, and also because for me Halberstamís one of those personages who's always been there, like the Queen and Woody Allen, and every few years or so thereís another one of his books with the overexcited run-on sentences and emphatic style (thereís an old Doonesbury cartoon where a character based on Halberstam is asked how he likes his coffee, and he says something like, ĎBlack, completely black, utterly without cream and sugarí). A great reporter is gone. Rest in peace.
The impact forced the two cars into a third car. The 73-year-old Halberstam, who either leaving a speaking engagement or going to it, was wearing a seat belt, the coroner's office said.
Halberstam had spoken Saturday night at UC-Berkeley on "Turning Journalism into History."
Orville Schell, the dean of Berkeley's graduate school of journalism, said in an e-mail this afternoon that Halberstam was on his way to an interview for his next book, about the Korean War, at the time of the accident.