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For all the obstacles he faced there, Mr. Fulton received his share of encouragement. Ernest Hemingway once slipped him a $100 traveler’s check, and James A. Michener was so impressed he used Mr. Fulton as a guide while researching his 1968 book, “Iberia,” then devoted much of the book to Mr. Fulton. He made so little from bullfighting he had to supplement his income. He sold art, including his blood paintings of bulls, served as the actor Peter O’Toole’s double during the filming of “Lawrence of Arabia,” wrote a book, “Bullfighting” (Dial), and, more recently, worked as a sort of celebrity bullfighting guide for package tours.

They learned to assign him the disenfranchised,” says Bill Brink, his friend and onetime colleague on the sports desk. The paper also let him rearrange the obituary’s hitherto rigid formulae and put him to work more often on deadline than in advance. “If they didn’t give him something until three o’clock, they’d have something great by eight,” says Brink. ” Every lead was the subject’s life. Thomas had to keep syntax steady and see things whole, get the corpse across the Styx and into the reader’s field of vision—to say nothing of his weekday-morning attention span.

Rubincam, fired by his uncle’s stories, began digging into his ancestry that he learned the name was German and meant something like “field of turnips,” a discovery that prompted a friend to draw up a Rubincam family crest dominated by a turnip rampant. By the time he uncovered the awful truth about the Rubincams (their earliest known progenitors were Protestant preachers, not potentates) it was too late: Mr. Rubincam was hooked on genealogy. But then he was a man who was uncommonly loyal to his childhood passions.

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