Identification: MSS 653
Creator: Mullen, Shaun D.
Title: Shaun D. Mullen journalism papers
Inclusive Dates: 1964-2012
Bulk Dates: 1993-2011
Extent: 1.6 linear feet (3 boxes and oversize)
Abstract: The Shaun D. Mullen journalism papers is a personally selected collection of articles, editorials, and features from the author's writing career, primarily at the Philadelphia Daily News. In addition to some personal miscellany ranging from press passes to a t-shirt and political buttons, the collection also includes selected blog entries from Mullen's weblog, Kiko's House. Mullen's features and editorials included "The Six Hundred and Thirty: Stories of Philadelphia's Vietnam War Dead," the nationally syndicated "Simpson File" from columns about the O.J. Simpson trial, a year-long column written under the pen name of Millennium Man, and the issue of terrorism after the events of 9/11/2001.
Language: Materials entirely in English.
MSS 653, Shaun D. Mullen journalism papers, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.
Boxes 1-2: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (18 inches)
Box 3: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize mapcases
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Gift of Shaun D. Mullen, 2012.
Processed and encoded by L. R. Johnson Melvin, April 2012.
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Newspaper journalist and blogger Shaun D. Mullen was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 14, 1947. His 20-year career at the Philadelphia Daily News (1981-2001) included work as night city editor and special projects editor, with numerous investigative reporting assignments, features, and special columns. He created a weblog, Kiko's House, in 2005.
Shaun D. Mullen was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 14, 1947. He was graduated from John Dickinson High School and pursued lifelong interests in journalism and writing, which had been cemented during a summer institute at the Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois. Mullen attended the University of Delaware, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school paper, The Review, during the socially, politically, and culturally momentous years of 1967-1969. He went to work for the Wilmington (Delaware) News Journal after leaving the University but he was drafted into the Army in August 1969. Mullen eventually was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, where he worked for Pacific Stars & Stripes. After his Army discharge and a freelance career in the Far East, Mullen returned to the News Journal in 1973 as deputy city editor.
Mullen was hired as night city editor of the Philadelphia Daily News in 1981 and in the course of his 20-year career there also worked as special projects editor on investigative projects. He also worked as an editorial writer and as a reporter who covered, among other stories, the O.J. Simpson murders, criminal and civil trials, and the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. In 1987, Mullen supervised "The Six Hundred and Thirty," a special Daily News section with biographies of the 630 Philadelphians (all men) who died or went missing in Vietnam. (The number of identified dead and missing has since increased.) The 630 stories were collected in time for the city's dedication of a Vietnam War Memorial at Penn's Landing in 1987. From January 2000-2001, Mullen wrote a five-day-a-week column--from the perspective of a 120-year-old "lost soul"--under the pen name of Millennium Man, in which he recounted historic 20th-century events in Philadelphia, the U.S., and abroad.
Mullen took up blogging in 2005. He blogs at Kiko's House and The Moderate Voice. He has edited several books and is the author of The Bottom of the Fox: A True Story of Love, Devotion & Cold-Blooded Murder, a non-fiction account of an unsolved murder published in 2010; Brothers at Arms, an oral history of identical twin Korean War veterans published in 2012, and There's a House in the Land, a tale of the 1970s to be published in 2012.
Biographical information derived from the collection. (See Box 1, Folder 1.)
The Shaun D. Mullen journalism papers is a personally selected collection of articles, editorials, and features from the author's writing career, primarily at the Philadelphia Daily News. In addition to some personal miscellany ranging from press passes to a t-shirt and political buttons, the collection also includes selected blog entries from Mullen's weblog, Kiko's House. Mullen's features and editorials included "The Six Hundred and Thirty: Stories of Philadelphia's Vietnam War Dead," the nationally syndicated "Simpson File" from columns about the O.J. Simpson trial, a year-long column written under the pen name of Millennium Man, and the issue of terrorism after the events of 9/11/2001.
The Mullen papers is organized in several small groups of material, as selected and organized by the author: biographical overview and photographs; selected Daily News stories with Mullen byline, editorials by Mullen, investigative reports edited by Mullen, special sections edited or written by Mullen, articles on the O.J. Simpson case, The Six Hundred and Thirty, and Millennium Man. "Best of" blog entries, 2008-2011, from Kiko's House are followed by two folders of blog topics that received wide following: "Bush torture regime" and "golden retriever cancer epidemic" posts. Personal miscellany includes press passes, buttons, an original caricature of Mullen drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, and a 10-card pack of Torture Team trading cards created to raise awareness of torture tactics and treatment of terrorist suspects , 2009. The collection also includes several newspaper issues of special significance to the author.
Detailed descriptions of the collection contents were provided by the author.
Hardbound copies of The Review, 1967-1968 and 1968-1969, edited by Shaun D. Mullen are available with imprints in Special Collections.
The collection is arranged topically/chronologically by nature of the collection content.
Biography and photographs , 1964-2012 [Box 1 F1]
Biographical note prepared by Shaun D. Mullen, 2012. In addition to portraits, photographs include Mullen with 1964 class of the Summer Journalism Institute, Medill School of Journalism, Evanston, Illinois; with Review editors, 1968; interviewing Eugene McCarthy at UD student center, 1968; on the scene of a fatal rail track crash in Newark, 1972; at Philadelphia Daily News, 1996; and with Deborah Jan Olson, Bob Dorough, Rick Chamberlain at the Delaware Water Gap Festival of the Arts, 2010.
Selected Philadelphia Daily News stories with Mullen byline , 1993-1995 [Box 1 F2]
Vietnam: Is It Time for U.S. to Bury the Past? , 1993 January 27 [Box 1 F2]
Videotape Trial to be a Rerun, Rodney King trial , 1993 February 1 [Box 1 F2]
Clinton Plan a Shift from Reagan, President Clinton's first budget , 1993 February 19 [Box 1 F2]
Mandela Likely to Take Helm , 1993 March 8 [Box 1 F2]
America's Misguided War on Drugs , 1993 May 5 [Box 1 F2]
Pride & Prejudice, architecture review of new Philadelphia Convention Center , 1993 June 24 [Box 1 F2]
Take in a Shower Tonight, preview of meteor shower , 1993 August 11 [Box 1 F2]
Curing the System, overview of Clinton health-care reform plan , 1993 September 20 [Box 1 F2]
Mandela's South Africa Starts Anew , 1994 May 11 [Box 1 F2]
Camelot Mourns: Jackie Kennedy Onassis Is Dead , 1994 May 20 [Box 1 F2]
When We Hit the Beach, It Turned 20th Century Tide, 50th anniversary of D-Day , 1994 May 31 [Box 1 F2]
Vietnam War Still Haunts Us , 1994 June 13 [Box 1 F2]
He Makes an Apology That's Not Acceptable, book review , 1995 April 28 [Box 1 F2]
Selected Philadelphia Daily News editorials written by Mullen , 1995 [Box 1 F3]
In Pa. and U.S., Democrats Founder , 1995 June 7 [Box 1 F3]
Viet War's Over -- Time to Move On , 1995 June 19 [Box 1 F3]
U.S.-Japan Pact Opens Door a Crack , 1995 June 30 [Box 1 F3]
City's AIDS Fight Needs Direction , 1995 July 10 [Box 1 F3]
U.S. (Minus Hillary) Should Attend , 1995 August 25 [Box 1 F3]
DA 'Good Faith' No Alibi In Scandal , 1995 August 30 [Box 1 F3]
Too Many Profits Without Honor , 1995 September 1 [Box 1 F3]
Is Harrisburg Ready for New Power? , 1995 November 1 [Box 1 F3]
Has His Ordeal Taught O.J. Nothing? , 1995 November 4 [Box 1 F3]
It's Hard to Take City GOP Seriously , 1995 November 9 [Box 1 F3]
Selected Philadelphia Daily News investigative reports edited by Mullen , 1985-1986 [Box 1 F4]
Who's Watching the Doctors? , 1985 February 19-22 [Box 1 F4]
The Big Payoff: How the Mob and Labor Hit the Jackpot in Atlantic City , 1986 February 24 [Box 1 F4]
The Insider: How One Man Kept Tabs on the Mob , 1986 April 21 [Box 1 F4]
Selected Philadelphia Daily News special sections edited/written by Mullen , 1990-1997 [Box 1 F5]
Courting Chaos , 1990 March 13 [Box 1 F5]
Women and Children Alone: The Trials, Tragedies and Triumphs of Single Mothers Living on the Edge of Poverty , 1991 February 5 [Box 1 F5]
Blowin' in the Wind: 1968, The Legacy of the Year that Rocked America , 1993 March 31 [Box 1 F5]
High Hopes: A Special Report on the Legacy of JFK , 1993 November 16 [Box 1 F5]
O.J.: The Trial of the Century , 1995 January 19 [Box 1 F5]
The Ride of His Life -- and Ours , 1995 October 4 [Box 1 F5]
Pay! , 1997 February 5 [Box 1 F5]
Destination: Philadelphia , 1997 May 6 [Box 1 F5]
Selected Philadelphia Daily News articles on the O.J. Simpson case written by Mullen , 1994-1995 [Box 1 F6]
Race: It's Injecting Itself Day After Day , 1994 November 18 [Box 1 F6]
Which Network Offers the Juiciest Coverage? , 1995 February 27 [Box 1 F6]
A Treasure Chest for the Defense , 1995 March 10 [Box 1 F6]
The Line on O.J. , 1995 March 20 [Box 1 F6]
Battle of the Sexes , 1995 March 31 [Box 1 F6]
The Simpson File , 1995 [Box 1 F6]
Walton, Robert J. with Smith, LaGard. Trial of the Century: You Be the Juror. , 1994 [Box 3 F18]
Colorado Springs, Co.: Marcon Ltd., 1994. Promotional spiral-bound copy with Mullen's annotations.
The Six Hundred and Thirty, part 1 , 1987 October 17 [Box 1 F7]
The Stories of Philadelphia's Vietnam War Dead. Includes run-of-press and reprint of this special section of the Philadelphia Daily News.
The Six Hundred and Thirty, part 2 , 1987-1997 [Box 3 F8] (Poster removed to oversize mapcase.)
Includes Mullen's overview of the project, copies of the veterans' stories as published in the Philadelphia Daily News, a poster, and a program from the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial 5th anniversary re-dedication ceremonies, 1992.
Millennium Man , 2000-2001 [Box 3 F9]
Includes Mullen's overview of the series, "family tree," notebook of columns, and t-shirt. The Millennium Man ran in the Philadelphia Daily News from January 2000-January 2001.
Kiko's House selected blog entries , 2008 [Box 3 F10]
Kiko's House selected blog entries , 2009 [Box 3 F11]
Kiko's House selected blog entries , 2010 [Box 3 F12]
Kiko's House selected blog entries , 2011 [Box 3 F13]
Includes color print of "Photoshopping: They've Only Just Begun" post.
Kiko's House - Bush torture regime posts , 2008-2010 [Box 3 F14]
Kiko's House - golden retriever cancer epidemic posts , 2011 [Box 3 F15]
Personal ephemera and miscellany (1) , 1969-2009 [Box 3 F16]
Includes buttons, cards, images, etc., such as "O.J. In the Slammer" pog sold following O.J. Simpson's arrest on double murder charges, ca. 1995; various press and ID cards and Philadelphia Police Department motor vehicle press placards, 1969-2001; Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News tie tack given to Shaun D. Mullen on the 20th anniversary of his Daily News employment, 2000; "The Blob" mini-poster, ca. 2008; "Larry For Barack '08" button with images of Barack Obama and Newark businessman Larry Fenza, 2008; "Ban Torture" button, ca. 2009; and 10-card pack of Torture Team trading cards issued by www.tortureteam.org. Cards include David S. Addington, John Ashcroft, Dick Cheney, Michael Chertoff, Douglas Feith, Geoffrey Miller, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, John Yoo, and "Special Prosecutor," 2009.
Personal ephemera and miscellany (2) , 1980-2008 [Box 2 F17] (Poster removed to oversize mapcase.)
Includes "Save The White Clay Creek Don't Dam It!" bumper sticker, ca. 1980; color caricature of Shaun D. Mullen drawn by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson with autographs of newsroom staff members on the occasion of Mullen's retirement from the Philadelphia Daily News, June 2001; Barack Obama "Change We Need" presidential campaign rally placard, 2008; and "Political Descent," a wall poster by Edward Sorel from cover art for The Nation, ca. 1996.
Citation plaque , 2000 [Box 2 NF]
Plaque presented to Shaun D. Mullen "For Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Thomas A. Edison/Fareira High School" in Philadelphia, Pa. at the schools' June 2000 commencement ceremony.
"1/1/00," The New York Times , 2000 January 1 [Box 2 NF]
"75 Reasons We Love Philadelphia," Philadelphia Daily News , 2000 March 31 [Box 2 NF]
Special wraparound section celebrating the newspaper's 75 anniversary.
"Hidden Danger," Philadelphia Daily News , 2001 February 13 [Box 2 NF]
Close-up cover photograph of Shaun D. Mullen pulling 9mm Glock handgun from his trouser waist for "Hidden Danger," a story on the 35,000 concealed weapon permits issued to city residents.
"U.S. Attacked," The New York Times , 2001 September 12 [Box 2 NF]
Including entire special section on the terrorist attacks.
"Nations' Champs," The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) , 2003 December 20 [Box 2 NF]
Front page headline on the University of Delaware winning the NCAA 1-AA national football championship.