Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ROBERT WALKER DEAD AT 95
Robert Walker, the man who published the first national cover story of Billy Graham, propelled Pat Boone's book on his encounter with the Holy Spirit to 2.5 million copies in six months, and inspired millions of Christian writers and readers alike, is dead at 95. He was also the very first editor to reject my very first freelance submission (with a personal note that said, "We prefer the anecdotal approach." Walker, editor emeritus of Charisma & Christian Life magazine, died at a retirement community in Carol Stream, Illinois. Although a former athlete and avid weightlifter, Walker had suffered from Parkinson's disease since 2005.