Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Vincent Musetto, 74, Author of ‘Headless’ Headline of Ageless Fame, Is Dead

Photo Vincent Musetto Credit New York Post

JUNE 9, 2015

Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism — HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR — died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 74.

A former colleague, Myron Rushetzky, confirmed the death, at Calvary Hospital, where Mr. Musetto had been in hospice care.

The writers of newspaper headlines generally toil in anonymity, and over time a few others have been posited as the creator of this one. But among the salty, ink-stained, intemperate cadre of New York journalists who wistfully recall the days when men wore hats and newspapers were made only of paper, Mr. Musetto was widely credited as the creator of this headline, spread across The Post’s front page on April 15, 1983.

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