Mark Starr

Stories by Mark Starr

  • 'Archie Bunker With A Ph.D.'

    John Silber emerged from the sweaty trenches of the Springfield, Mass., Civic Center and the biggest moment of his neophyte political career. The state Democratic convention had given him 15.4 percent of its vote, just enough to put his name on September's primary ballot. Silber had spent the previous weeks lambasting media "smears" and denouncing the machinations of "insiders" who, he claimed, were trying to keep him out of the gubernatorial race. Now, as he headed for home, he paused to assess the rigors of Massachusetts politics. "All in all," he deadpanned, "I'd rather be in Philadelphia." ...