The hardworking staff found itself reading a variety of obituaries of former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords yesterday, all of which featured similar ledes.
James M. Jeffords, the maverick Vermont politician who in 2001 gave Democrats a short-lived majority in the U.S. Senate when he left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent, died Aug. 18 at a retirement residence in Washington. He was 80.
Jim Jeffords, the former senator from Vermont who single-handedly redrew the national political map in 2001 when, after a quarter-century as a moderate Republican lawmaker, he declared himself an independent, shifting control of the Senate to the Democrats, died on Monday in Washington. He was 80.
Jim Jeffords, the former Vermont senator who single-handedly tipped the balance of power in the Senate in 2001 when he left the Republican Party, has died. He was 80 years old.
Which got us to thinking: What would we like the lede of our obituary to be? (A recently acquired MBTA GeezerCard was also a factor.)
John Carroll, a writer in Boston since 1974, loved a blank page.
How about yours?