June 1, 1994 |
In many respects, Rep. Dan Rostenkowski never left Chicago and its political folkways, despite spending nearly 36 years in Congress and achieving a lasting national legacy for his role in helping to overhaul U.S. income tax laws in 1986. A towering bear of a man who could intimidate his colleagues, Rostenkowski's brusque style reflected the blunt, take-no-prisoners politics practiced in his hometown.
November 22, 1987 |
He is a man of many Americas, North and South, new money and old, the refined manners of the Connecticut upper crust and the brash spirit of the Texas oil fields. There he is in the photos, one of history's great survivors: ambassador to the United Nations, envoy to China, director of the CIA. He was nearly Nixon's choice for vice president, nearly Ford's, finally Reagan's. But there is something fuzzy in the grain, as if all this adaptability has caused things to blur.