Shana Alexander (October 6, 1925 - June 23, 2005) was an American journalist, born Shana Ager in Manhattan on Oct. , 6, 1925. Although she became the first woman staff writer and columnist for Life magazine, she was best known for her participation in the "Point-Counterpoint" debate segments of 60 Minutes with conservative James J. Kilpatrick. She was a daughter of Tin Pan Alley composer Milton Ager, who composed the song "Happy Days Are Here Again," and his wife, columnist Cecelia Ager.

Quotes by Shana Alexander

We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.

A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

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