May 3, 2004 by

Philip Hamburger


Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

For more than six decades, Philip Hamburger covered historical events and chronicled the lives of intriguing people for The New Yorker.
Hamburger received a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University before joining The New Yorker in 1939. Although he took three years off during World War II to work for the Office of Facts and Figures (which later became the Office of War Information), Hamburger spent most of his career contributing to the magazine.
The veteran journalist attended 14 presidential inaugurations, penned movie and music criticism and occasionally wrote tongue-in-cheek pieces under the name “Our Man Stanley” for the Talk of the Town section. He toured Adolf Hitler’s lair and profiled Louis G. Schwartz, a Manhattan waiter who sold $4 million worth of war bonds to customers at the Sixth Avenue Delicatessen.
Hamburger never penned a memoir, but his personal recollections appeared within the pages of six New Yorker compilations, including “The Oblong Blue and Other Odysseys” and “Friends Talking in the Night: 60 Years of Writing for The New Yorker.” He won the George Polk Career Award in 1994 and the 1997 Columbia Journalism Alumni Award for journalistic excellence.
Hamburger died on April 23 from cardiac arrest. He was 89.

2 Responses to Philip Hamburger

  1. frank a. murphy

    I am in the process of reading Mr. Hamburger’s “Friends Talking in the Night.” What a master of the language, such beautiful prose, what a warm human being!
    F. Murphy

  2. David Francis

    Each week during the summer, Philip and wife, Anna, would come to my restaurant in Wellfleet for a small lobster and chowder. The week in which the New Yorker would publish his article they would have the larger 1/2lb lobster dinner. That was my cue to pick up a copy. Dear people.

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