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Homage to a great editor
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WASHINGTON -- Behind every great column is a great editor -- a truism never more so than when Alan Shearer puts highlighter (not red pen) to copy. Shearer, who has run the Washington Post’s syndication operation the past 26 years, has managed to ignore the wailing, weeping and lamentations of his devoted cadre of columnists and cartoonists and retires next week. To the dustbin of history goes not Alan, as his well-spelled words, his hyphenated adjectives and hyperbole-resistant attention to perfecting prose will persist through thousands upon thousands of published columns bearing someone else’s name.