Dec. 9, 1902 Wakefield Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA
Feb. 4, 1966 Hillsborough San Mateo County California, USA
Notable Newspaper Columnist, Author, Editor, Publisher, and Authority on the Golden Age of American Railroads. Son of Junius Beebe (1854 - 1934), President of the Brockton (Mass.) Gas Company and prominent Boston banker, and Eleanor Harriet Beebe (1865 - 1939). Graduated from Harvard in 1927; joining the staff of The Boston Telegraph, and later, from 1929 to 1950, The New York Herald Tribune. For a decade, from 1950 to 1960, he was the owner, publisher, and editor of Mark Twain's old journal, The Territorial Enterprise, of Virginia City, Nevada; a highly opinionated and widely read newspaper with elegant overtones. An ornate gentleman of such sophistication and grandiloquent wordiness he would not deign to use a familiar word if an enriched one could be found. In 1960 he began a column in The San Francisco Chronicle, as opulent as it was unusual, that transported the delighted beholder into an ineffable world of extravagant wealth and bedazzlements evoking the memory of long-vanished but endearing wonders. Six feet, four inches tall, and of excellent proportions, he was a gentleman of custom attire who was never indifferent to his effect; he flailed a gold-headed cane with superb aplomb. His own view was that "nothing mattered but the gallant gesture." Author of more than twenty works, Beebe's last book, "The Big Spenders", was published after he began his encounter with eternity. Wedded only to elegance, Lucius Beebe left no immediate survivors. (bio by: Robert Bruce)
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Remembering Lucius Beebe on this 50th Anniversary of his passing. An ornate gentleman who drank deeply of the pleasures of the world, and who loved its velvet comforts. A true boulevardier in a mold of his own creation ! -
Robert Bruce Added: Feb. 4, 2016
Remembering you, Mr. Beebe, on this Anniversary of your birth, in the Dining Court of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. You lived a life unhurried, and superbly comfortable; life of an order appropriately high and in keeping with the surroundings! -
Robert Bruce Added: Dec. 9, 2015