Life and career
McManus, a 1956 graduate of Davidson College, became a Rhodes Scholar in 1958 after receiving a master's degree in public affairs from Princeton University. He began working for Time Inc. in 1957 as a summer intern with Sports Illustrated. He joined Time magazine in 1959 as a writer in the magazine's World section and later served as the magazine's first Common Market bureau chief in Paris.
In 1964 he shifted to editing, working in the World and Nation sections of the magazine, overseeing coverage of the Watergate scandal. In the late 1970s, both McManus and Ray Cave were assistant managing editors at Time and began a professional rivalry internally. The two editors were frequently up for the same positions, with MacManus reporting to Cave until they switched jobs in 1985.
After working with both men in different capacities, Editor-in-Chief Henry Anatole Grunwald recommended McManus replace him in the position he had held since 1979. Retiring at the end of 1994 one year before his contract expired, McManus was succeeded by Norman Pearlstine.
- Jones, Alex S. (April 17, 1987). Time's Chief Editor to Retire at End of Year. New York Times
- Carmody, Deirdre (September 15, 1994). THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Pearlstine Is Named to Fill Time Inc.'s Top Editing Job. New York Times
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