Raymond Walter Apple, Jr.
Raymond Walter Apple, Jr. (November 20, 1934 - October 4, 2006), known to all as “Johnny”, but bylined as R.W. Apple, was an associate editor at The New York Times, where he wrote on a variety of subjects, most notably politics, travel, and food.
Apple joined the New York Times in 1963, and over more than 30 years, contributed foreign correspondence from over 100 countries, including coverage of the Vietnam War - where his penetrating questioning helped expose the unreliability of the military briefings known as the “Five O’Clock Follies” - the Biafra crisis, the Iranian revolution, and the fall of Communist governments in the Soviet bloc. In addition, he served as the Times’ bureau chief in Saigon, Lagos, Nairobi, London and Moscow.
On October 4, 2006, Apple died from complications of thoracic cancer. His last article published for the New York Times while he still alive was an article on Singapore cuisine that was published on September 30, 2006.