Former mayor Ed Koch, 88, will be buried Monday at a grave marked with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words. Politico’s Mike Allen collects journalists’ memories of covering Koch, including this from Michael Oreskes, then at The New York Times:
There was a time in my life when I had occasion to spend hours every day with Edward I. Koch. He was a first-term mayor. I was City Hall bureau chief of the city’s largest newspaper. There were days when he spent so much time talking to me — and to my journalistic colleagues in the famous Room Nine — that I wondered where he found the time to be mayor. Then I came to understand that for Edward I. Koch (there were those who put the emphasis on the “I”), talking to me was being mayor.
Koch’s death Friday was mourned by the city he loved, and his legacy is honored on Saturday’s front pages, shown below (courtesy of the Newseum). || Related: Koch was a lightning rod for two black journalists | New York Times revises Koch obit to address AIDS controversy