Question of the Day

Yesterday's Question of the Day asked …  This Irish American columnist who wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan also wrote of her roots, "The Irish are often nervous about having the appropriate face for the occasion. They have to be happy at weddings, which is a strain, so they get depressed; they have to be sad at funerals, which is easy, so they get happy." Who is she? That would be Peggy Noonan with the Wall Street Journal!

Congratulations to freelance journalist Amy Zipkin, who was the very first person to tweet us the correct answer! Congrats also go out to Jane Ciabattari of NPR and the Daily BeastBarbara Turnbull of the Toronto StarJason HenselJudge Susan SextonAlva LewisEugene Hunt@.l.interpretationsSteven HerbertCarolyn T. StoneJeanne KirkM. Edward BoraskyPaul JJ PayackAmy Wang of the Arizona RepublicMatthew HurstRick Marianetti, photographer Greg SmithJeffrey DvorkinHiram ReisnerBill Chuck of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Boston GlobeeschumanSandi MulconryEdward TennerSara Kay ‏and Becky Yerak for all getting it right!

As for today's question (which Craig Pittman will be abstaining from answering, because he suggested it!): This Irish American Pulitzer Prize-winner started his career as a copyboy with the Long Island Press, but later wrote for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and finally Newsday. He also penned a blockbuster novel that 1) became a major motion picture that reportedly provided Robert DeNiro with his first major film role and 2) saw its title become a major catchphrase. Who is he, and what was the name of the book/movie?

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