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At 78, Lionel Walsh goes online to tell his story

Lionel Walsh, former correspondent and editor in Bonn, Geneva, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Warsaw, has published his memoirs on the Internet.

The online autobiography Lionel Walsh: My Life and Times includes details of his early life and adventures from school in England and military service in post-war Austria to journalism at home and abroad. President John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech in Berlin and  the Israeli trial of Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann were among the stories he covered.

It is illustrated with photographs of key figures of the 1950s and 1960s including managing editor Stuart Underhill, editor Walton (Tony) Cole, chief news editor Sidney Mason and deputy editor Geoffrey Imeson, Many others are mentioned in the text. 

Walsh joined Reuters in 1956 (the picture above shows him on his way to his job interview) and left in 1981. Now aged 78, he lives in the Vendée, western France. ■

Lionel Walsh