When he came to Harvard College more than 50 years ago, the young Boyd dreamed of someday uncovering an ancient and long-forgotten language and writing about his discovery for the edification of equally obscure academics.
But Boyd--who speaks a half-dozen languages--ultimately built a life around the art of English itself, rather than anything so foreign as the phonology of ancient Mesopotamia.
Washington politics proved sufficiently exotic.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Boyd has spent decades covering the glorious--and the ignominious--scenes of American political life.
Through some of the most remarkable moments of the 20th century, Boyd has had a front row seat.
He received a personal tour in Cuba from a young Fidel Castro, following the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. Later Castro took center stage for Boyd as he witnessed the Cuban missile crisis.
He traipsed around China with Nixon. He visited Hanoi at the height of the Vietnam conflict. He covered political campaigns and conventions from Kennedy to Clinton--not to mention McCarthy and McGovern.
He has known them all, watched them rise and watched them fall.
And for a man who never chased the limelight, accolades still came, largely due to--rather than in spite of--the decency he brought to his trade.
Reporting for Duty: Boyd Brings Honor to JournalismRobert Skinner Boyd '49 has always been a linguist. When he came to Harvard College more than 50 years ago,
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Family Quarrels in "Diamonds"“It’s fourth of July, nighttime,” says Boyd, describing the dramatic climax of his play. “There will be fireworks exploding off in the distance, throwing colors across the set in these big dramatic washes.” The action on stage will be equally volatile. The patriarch, James (Joshua G. Wilson ’13), reveals he wants to sell the family farm, and his wife (Mallory J. Weiss ’15), and daughter (Amy Q. Friedman ’14, a Crimson editor) oppose his decision.
"Acres of Diamonds" Unearths American DramaBoyd infuses this family drama with the familiar setup of chasing the American Dream, symbolically setting the opening scene on the Fourth of July. Still, Boyd manages to make the story his own by bringing it into the present day, in the aftermath of the last recession, which gives the theme of lost and broken American dreams added poignancy and realism.
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