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Associated Press writer Sid Moody dies

Retired Associated Press feature writer Sid Moody, who chronicled major events of the 20th century from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the Iranian hostage crisis, has died. He was 83.

Moody's son Clarke Moody said Tuesday that his father died Sunday in at a hospital in Morristown, N.J. A longtime resident of Bernardsville, N.J., Moody spent his last years at a retirement community in Bernards Township, N.J.

He joined the AP in Newark in 1956 and later moved to the Newsfeatures department in New York City. There Moody was part of a group known as the "Poets' Corner" who supplied feature copy for newspapers around the world.

During his almost four decades at the AP, Moody covered such events as the Warren Commission report on Kennedy's assassination, the trial of Lee Harvey Oswald's murderer Jack Ruby, the Detroit race riots, the My Lai massacre and the mass suicide of Jim Jones' followers in Guyana.

Moody wrote or co-authored several books including the bestselling "The Torch is Passed" on the Kennedy assassination and "444 Days: The American Hostage Story" on the Iranian hostage crisis.

Clarke Moody said his father's career almost ended before it began.

Sid Moody contracted polio during a motorcycle trip around war-torn Europe with his cousin and college buddies in 1949, when he was 21. He came down with full-blown polio while returning home to the U.S. aboard the Cunard liner R.M.S. Parthia.

With no medication for polio on board the vessel, crew members rowed a lifeboat into the remnants of a hurricane to retrieve parachuted medicine flown from New York, Clarke Moody said. Moody was never again able to lift his left arm above his shoulder.

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