Until his tragic suicide in 1963, Washington Post publisher Phil Graham struggled with manic depression. Though his depressive periods were bleak, his manic periods were remarkably productive. In one such state, Graham bought Newsweek magazine. In another, he drafted the plan for Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" program. And in another, while visiting John F. Kennedy in the White House, he picked up the red hotline telephone to the Pentagon and exclaimed, "Scramble the planes! Scramble the planes!"
[Kennedy had to race to countermand the order.]