"Arthur Ochs Sulzberger is known as Punch. The nickname, Punch, has
stuck since boyhood, given to him by his father, Arthur Hays
Sulzberger, who was the Times? publisher from 1935 to 1961. It was a
counterpoint to "Judy" as an elder sister, Judith, was called at home.
(Source: "Behind the Times," New Yorker, June 10, 1996.)"
Newspaper Association of America: Fun Facts About Newspapers
AOS,Jr. is apparently called "Pinch" by some journalists and other
wags as a derisive (whether or not good-natured) reference to his
relative youth and to imply an unfavorable comparison to his similarly
"And yet it has happened. Young Arthur, as he is still persistently
called (along with the belittling ?Pinch?), has certainly taken
charge. He has won various executive-suite battles (over his father?s
retainers). He has won various family turf feuds (over ambitious
cousins). And, in the figure of Howell Raines, he installed his guy?a
guy who spoke with Sulzberger?s kind of I-don?t-care-ness?in the
New York Magazine: Pinch, Power, and the Paper, by Michael Wolff (6/16/93)
"I'm happy to report that her rival at the New York Times for so many
years, Sulzberger, nicknamed "Punch", retired as publisher of the New
York Times in 1992, when he was succeeded by his son, Arthur Ochs
Sulzberger Junior, nicknamed "Pinch", so we could tell the difference
. . . .
London Evening Standard: This is London, by Andrew Neil (10/30/02)(cached page)
"When Arthur Sulzberger the Second took command as over-boss of the
Times he was not-so-affectionately nicknamed ?Pinch?, a name that
Arthur the Younger detests."
Weird Republic: Pushing the Gay Agenda at the New York Times
Here's corroboration for the origin of "Punch," from an interesting
column about the Sulzbergers:
"To his family he was known as Punch because he was close in age to a
sister named Judy."
Investors Newswire: Shaking the Money Tree: The New York Times From
Punch to Young King Arthur, by Robert Metz
Although you are almost the first to suggest "Paunch" as a nickname
for a Sulzberger, the Village Voice published the following multiple
choice question in an amusing feature, "Make Up Your Own News Story":
... as well as New York Times publisher ___________ Sulzberger.
Village Voice: Make Up Your Own New Story (6/5/03)
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