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the paper in 1990. After working in the
kidnapping and before knowing Pearl
Atlanta bureau, he was transferred to
was dead, she went to church every day
Washington, London and Bombay.
to pray for him. Although she recalls
Pearl, 39 at the time of his death,
joking with her late friend about their
celebrated his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem
different ethnic backgrounds, the
and spent the next year in Israel. He
tragedy has left her feeling angry, ques-
graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
tioning her religious devotion and work-
ing through the emotion-
with a bachelor's degree
in communications and
Cooper is glad that
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worked for newspapers
proceeds from the book
in Massachusetts before
IN THE WORLD will be donated to both
joining the Journal.
the Daniel Pearl
"Danny and I
Memorial Trust, estab-
became friends on the
lished for Pearl's widow
first day I began work-
and their son, AcLm,
ing in Atlanta," Cooper
born after his father's
recalls. "I was really
death, by Dow Jones &
overwhelmed by getting
Co., which owns the
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the job — and a little
Journal; and the Daniel
terrified — when
Pearl Foundation, estab-
Danny came up to me
lished to support causes
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and asked if I wanted
that inspired the journal-
to hear some music
ist's work to promote
that night. He was very
welcoming, and I knew everything was ing and prevent hate-based violence.
going to be OK.
"I'm glad there was one [criminal]
"We liked going to old music stores
conviction in Pakistan, and I hope the
and going through old albums and
others involved are convicted as well,"
CDs. We liked listening to music
Cooper says. "I don't think justice can
together. We were both transferred to
ever be served because what was done
Washington, he a year ahead of me,
was so terrible.
and we were both transferred to
"It's weird how things about Danny
London, he also a year ahead of me."
just come to mind now. I picked up a
Cooper keeps in touch with Pearl
pair of sunglasses in my car and
family members, and says they are
remembered that Danny was with me
doing as well as can be expected. Each
when I bought them. I'll stumble over
one is working through a very personal
a piece of furniture in my home and
response to the tragedy and how it has
recall that Danny left it with me when
affected religious beliefs, she says.
he was moving.
In Cooper's case, the tragedy has made
"If this book expresses anything
her question the Catholic teachings that
about me, I hope it shows that I really
were part of her upbringing. After the
loved my friend." ❑
site along with an appeal for funds."
He also had a keen eye for the
absurd. In that vein is a 1996 article
on an Iranian film on hostages, "This
Film Has a Bus, Explosions and
Veils: Cant Iranian Speed," that
dealt not with the Americans held
for 444 days in 1979-80, but with
44 Iranian passengers held for three
hours after their bus stumbled onto
American helicopters getting ready
for the failed 1980 rescue attempt.
Or his 1997 report, "If Only King
Solomon Were Here to Settle This
Nasty Dispute," on the battle between
Ethiopia and Yemen, each claiming
the queen of Sheba as its own.
In only a few paragraphs, Pearl could
give his readers a true feeling of what
life was like behind the headlines.
And Pearl could plain write. Take a
look at the lead for "Looming
Large," his 1997 piece on the mak-
ing of a huge carpet in a small village
in Iran: "This is a small town in
search of a really big floor."
Whether Daniel Pearl "cherished
truth more than anything," as his
widow, Mariane, states in the book's
introduction, I can't say.
Whether "he had not one shred of
malice in his bones," as Pearl's father
claims in the eulogy for his slain son,
I don't know.
But after reading these excerpts
from his career, it is apparent that
Daniel Pearl was a good writer and
an excellent reporter.
For a journalist, it doesn't get any
better than that.
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