A newspaperman who started out in 1911 on the N.Y. Herald, ghosting columns for noted sports figures, then created his own syndicate for features and ghost work, covers 50 years of American happenings, celebrities, and eccentrics, with a zest one cannot help but enjoy. Here are vignettes, sometimes whole chapters, on Bill Corum, Grantland Rice, Frank Munsey, Ring Lardner, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Harding Davis, Pancho Villa, General Pershing, Winston Churchill, William Randolph Hearst, and just about anybody else you can think of who made-- or wrote-- news in this century. In raconteur fashion, Wheeler wanders back and forth over five decades connecting his stories by association or personality, rather than chronologically. The result can get rambling and confused sometimes, but it remains amusing and interesting. Shallow to be sure, but perceptive in its way too.