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Happy Birthday To Mount Kisco’s Alexander 'Alex' Shoumatoff

Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff turns 68 on Tuesday.
Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff turns 68 on Tuesday. Photo Credit:

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Mount Kisco’s Alexander "Alex" Shoumatoff.

Shoumatoff, who was born in Mount Kisco, turns 68 on Tuesday.

Shoumatoff, a writer known for his literary journalism, nature and environmental writing, and books and magazine pieces about political and environmental situations and world affairs, was born Nov. 4, 1946.

He is known for reporting on some of the most remote corners of the world and may be, arguably, the most widely traveled magazine journalist with the broadest range in subject matter writing in English. He has 10 published books and since 2001 has been the editor of a website, Dispatches From The Vanishing World, devoted to "documenting and raising awareness about the planet's rapidly disappearing natural and cultural diversity," and hundreds of pages of his writing are posted on the site.

Career highlights include an article he wrote about the mountain gorilla advocate Dian Fossey, which eventually became the film "Gorillas in the Mist." Shoumatoff has been called "the greatest writer in America" by Donald Trump and "one of our greatest storytellers" by Graydon Carter.

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