Charlie came into my life when I was five years old. He was my step-mother’s father. An interesting character that may have had something to do with my career choices. Feel free to check out the other pages in the drop down menu above.
“Charles Rice’s Punchbowl appeared in This Week Magazine since 1961, when it replaced Bennet Cerf’s popular Cerfboard column. Before he became a weekly columnist, Mr. Rice was an editor for This Week and Look magazines and a comedy writer for Jack Benny, Gracie Allen, W.C. Fields, Groucho Marx, and Fred Allen.”
CHARLES D. RICE, MAGAZINE EDITOR – Columnist, 33 Years With This Week, Dies At 60. New York Times – Monday, February 1, 1971
Charles D. Rice, author, editor and columnist, died Saturday in French Hospital. He was 60 years old and lived in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Mr. Rice Spent 33 years with This Week Magazine, a newspaper supplement that ceased publication at the end of 1969. At various times he served as cartoon, theater and articles editor. For 10 years, he conducted the popular column “Charlie Rice’s Punchbowl.”
He was born in Cambridge Mass., Sept, 21, 1910, and attended Harvard University. He started writing short stories for Liberty and Argosy magazines in Paris in the late nineteen-twenties and continued in the nineteen-thrities.
He was the author of the juvenile books “Minty’s Magic Garden” and “The Little Dog Who Wore Earmuffs and edited “What Makes You Tick?” a list of 40 questions for the reader.
Mr. Rice collaborated with W.C. Fields on the book “Fields For Presdient’ and had written in collaboration with Gracie Allen. He was a member of the usage panel of American Heritage Dictionary.
He was described yesterday by Jhan Robbins, president of the Society of Magazine Writers, as a talented and complex person, easy to know, hard to figure out.
“A consultant for theatrical producers” Mr. Robbins said, “he was an avid first-nighter. Theater critics uncertain about what they should write often cornered him and asked his opinion.
At home in the country, he was a passionate ecologist and animal lover, one of the first to raise an indignant uproar about pollution. He led groups of young people on nature walks.
As an editor, he loathed unnecessary verbal phrases and in particular excess ‘howevers.’ He was generously tutorial to young writers, often sending three-page critiques instead of the standard rejection slips.
His clubs included the Coffee House and Dutch Treat.
Surviving are his widow, the former Winfred Tomb: a son, Jim: two daughters Jane and Sukie: a brother, Richard: Two sisters, Mrs. Muriel Adams and Mrs. Priscilla Lane, and two grandchildren.