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“The most prominent features of American society have always changed.” -Eric Sevareid

When I read about the recent death of former CBS correspondent Richard C. Hottelet in 1997, knowing him and some of the other “Murrow Boys” is how rich my life is. -Eric Sevareid, Charles Collingwood, Larry LeSeur, Howard K. Smith, Winston Burdett, Daniel Shore. Edward R. Mallow directly hired a talented, fearless-faced press who could not bully anyone, reporting CBS’s World War II directly from the front. It has never been done so far. They invented broadcast journalism through the medium of radio.

This is london

Some of these correspondents landed in Normandy, but I was doing my homework at a small maple desk in a matching maple bedroom. Philco Radio crackled Edward R. Mallow’s familiar voice as he heard the screams of a bomb falling into London. Maroo, who survived coffee and cigarettes, always began broadcasting “This (long pose) is London”. When the crystal tube behind the radio is spattered, I give an angry blow to the wooden frame. The silence stopped long enough for me to hear how many American merchant ships sank in the North Atlantic and the number of planes that sank in oil fields in Germany and Romania. At that time, mathematicians at Bletchley Park in England had not yet broken the German Enigma code. (“Imitation game”) Our losses were horrible.

Murrow’s Boys-The Original Rat Pack

Mallow dispatched Eric Severade to Paris to inform the Nazis of the fall of France in 1940. After riding the “last train”, Severade returned to Mallow, London. CBS’s William L. Schiller, who gave me the “Berlin Diary” and the “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” stayed in Berlin until 1940, according to reports from Germany for many years. American journalist Schiller was in a cramped environment with some reflections. “Most true happiness comes from my inner life,” he wrote. “It needs deliberation and self-discipline.” Both virtues were needed to withstand the Foreign Ministry’s vomiting propaganda barony until it couldn’t stay there.

So it was speculated that this kid from Queens, New York would enter the legendary “Old Boy Network” through the Art Deco door of the Columbia Broadcasting System at 485 Madison Avenue (the original headquarters) in the next decade. Would be At your own time? When you live your life, you don’t spend a lot of time figuring out how to do it. The power of the universe seems to carry you. My early fate was CBS.

Not so wild dreams

With Eric Severade as his boss and mentor, he went through the most formative five years of life. In fact, I thought foreign services had found my niche until I took me in another direction. Loquacious Dick Hottelet was nicknamed “Hot Lip Hottelet”. From Europe to North Africa, the famous feminization of handsome Charles Collingwood gave him the title of “Lover Boy”. Don Hewitt was a cheeky villain in the newsroom. Before the invention of videotape, it used kinescope film. Hewitt taught me how to edit Mobiola The machine I did for the show “American Week” in Severade. A virtual genius, Don Hewitt continued to create and produce the historic “60 Minutes.” Eric Severade was “gray excellence”, leaving traces of a heartbreaking woman across the CBS hall.

His fame

Eric Sevalade, with a tall, charming and soft tone, came to CBS with a Norwegian-American family in the wilderness of North Dakota and Minnesota. Erditt scholars who were uncomfortable with television and nervous with radio, liked the written words and knew how to use them. Reading his book, Not so wild dreams, You are not just “feeling America”. You feel Few people write that way today. Eric suffered from the shyness of the camera in the 1950s, when the spread of television made radio coverage upward. The horrific experience of war and the illness of his first wife have added to the dismal depression that was the public face of Eric Severade.

While relaxing after the coronation show of Queen Elizabeth II, Eric extended his long legs to my desk, clasped Dunhill’s cigarette holder between his teeth, and remembered the war. Unlike Mallow, he admitted that the bombing of London scared him to death and said, “While Ed was reporting from the roof, I ran to an underground shelter.” Eric had to parachute into the jungle of Burma, mixed with headhunters and Japanese soldiers, when covering the Chinese Burmind Theater of War. Burma’s experience “has revealed an inner strength that I didn’t know I had, and if I can survive it, anything is possible,” he said.

Defective and brave not impossible

When I left CBS for US diplomacy, Severade and the company gave me a farewell celebration at the producer’s house in Westchester and a beautiful baggage from the Bloomingdales. More importantly, they gave me confidence by helping me shape the person today. Eric wrote a personal note to his overseas friend so he made a friend in a foreign location. Daniel Shore was there to greet me when I arrived at my first overseas assignment in the Netherlands. Daniel was famous for his boldness and was my “Dutch uncle”.

During Tet Offensive in Saigon, Viet Cong was shooting people on the roof of my hotel and throwing grenades in the streets below. There was Eric’s pleasant words in my head sneaking into the closet. “When you know yourself, nothing that happens to you is wrong or impossible. It appears intact, like walking in an impenetrable jungle. , The incredibly brave Edmallow’s disciples spotlighted some of the darkest shadows of the 20th century, Richard Hotlet was their last, he traveled with the army, Flew with a bomber, sat in a Nazi prison, like the others, he was the first writer, and I was honored to know all of them.

It’s a sequel.