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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Edward Weston Baumann, 86, ‘journalist, author, railroader ... circus roustabout’

 
Obit photo of Ed Baumann, former Chicago journalist worked as a reporter and editor for Chicago papers. | Provided photo
BY MAUREEN O’DONNELL Staff Reporter
From:  suntimes.com
November 7, 2012
Ed Baumann interviewed seductive fan dancers, hardened killers, legendary journalist Ben Hecht, and the first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes.

A graceful writer and editor with a deadpan-but-wicked sense of humor, he had a front-row seat to the follies that made their way across the front pages of four Chicago newspapers over a span of four decades
Mr. Baumann, 86, who specialized in covering crime, courts and politics, and also wrote 10 true-crime books, died Tuesday at his stepdaughter’s home in Paxton, Ind.

Meticulous and thorough, he actually penned his own obituary, calling himself a “journalist, author, railroader, road builder, world traveler and circus roustabout.”

He wasn’t kidding. At the age of 66, he wrote, “he realized every boy’s dream and ran away to join the circus.”

He and his wife, Lenore, spent 13 summers volunteering at the Great Circus Parade grounds in Milwaukee, where he was a cowboy, animal handler and roustabout — a worker who sets up and breaks down tents.
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/16234567-418/edward-weston-baumann-86-journalist-author-railroader-circus-roustabout.html

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