There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Kudos to Erik Wemple for his delightful profile of Don Phillips of the Washington Post and Don’s history with transportation issues in the Dept. of Media column (“Train in Vain,” 1/9).
I am a former head of Federal Aviation Administration public affairs and a former colleague of Don’s at United Press International who was a source for Don while I was at the FAA. His dedication is to the story and advancing the cause of safety, first and foremost. Wemple referenced, via Matt Wald of the New York Times, a story Don broke regarding insulation and Swissair. Don often would ring me up and let me know he had a story cold and all that was required of me was to provide his sources to him on the record. What a pro. After the Swissair story, neither Don nor his source nor I winked at one another at the press conference.
He will have a new life and do extremely well post Post. He, and many others at the Post who took the buyout, will be missed.