The best part of my job is that Martin Marty occasionally sticks his head into my office, calls me “Boss” with a twinkle in his eye, and sits down to talk—as if he has nothing better to do. Along with Dean Peerman, Marty is a contributing editor and custodian of the magazine’s history and a steward of its favorite stories. (Marty’s association with the Century began in 1956, Dean Peerman’s in 1959.)
We know that for years many people have read the magazine from back to front—for good reason. Marty is back there.
Everyone who knows Marty has a favorite story about him—usually having to do with how much he reads, writes, lectures, consults, advises, preaches and travels. His schedule—even in his so-called retirement—is too exhausting for most of us even to think about. Somehow he still answers phone calls and e-mails promptly, and always kindly.