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Joseph Alsop

Joseph AlsopAKA Joseph Wright Alsop, Jr.

Born: 11-Oct-1910
Birthplace: Avon, CT
Died: 28-Aug-1989
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Bisexual
Occupation: Columnist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Matter of Fact

Military service: US Navy (Lt. Cmdr, 1940, captured and exchanged)

Alsop was caught in Moscow during a 1957 visit by the KGB in a "compromising situation" with another man, in which photos were taken and intended for blackmail. When a Soviet agent attempted to coerce him into becoming an agent of influence, Alsop not only refused but requested copies of the blackmail photos for his personal collection. He quickly notified his friend, American Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen, and the two of them were able to get the Soviet agent to end the blackmail attempts.

Father: Thomas Allen
Mother: Harriet Moore
Brother: Stewart Alsop (columnist, author)
Wife: Susan Mary Jay Patten (m. 1961, div. 1978)
Wife: Katharine Martin

    High School: Groton School (1928)
    University: BA, Harvard University (1932)

    The Washington Post (1958-74)
    The New York Herald Tribune Syndicated Columnist (1945-58)
    The New York Herald Tribune Columnist and reporter (1932-40)
    Taken Prisoner of War by the Japanese (Dec-1941)
    Traveled to the USSR 1957
    CIA employee
    Risk Factors: Obesity

Author of books:
FDR, 1882-1945: A Centenary Remembrance (1982, biography)
I've Seen the Best of It (1992, memoir, posthumous)

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