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It was December 1997, Ed was the foreign editor of The Daily Star, then recently revived in Beirut, and I had been foisted on him by the publisher after writing a single opinion piece.Ed's only degree came from the University of Been There, Done That -- he had been in and out of the region for three of its worst decades with the Associated Press.There one got to see Ed's softer side, all while being wined and dined and treated to an endless stream of genuinely exclusive insights and anecdotes not just from the man himself, but also from a steady flow of his peers.Ed lived a full and eventful life, not least because it was so influential on the lives of others.He will be deeply missed, therefore, not just by Mona and his children, but also by the dozens of journalists whose stints at The Daily Star prepared them for bigger (not necessarily better) things.His partners in this enterprise included both Mona and the paper's then-editor, veteran British newspaperman Peter Grimsditch, but more than anything else it was Ed's no-nonsense personality that made the newsroom a proving ground where smart, hard-working people could learn the trade.
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