Thursday, February 24, 2005

Rather Excellent Tales: On to CBS

1962 - Rather joins CBS as Chief of its Southwest Division in Dallas. In 1963, he becomes Chief of the Southern Bureau in New Orleans, where he becomes the first reporter to report the death of President Kennedy.

Hmm, Dallas, New Orleans - two areas where Lee Harvey Oswald lived. Rather is with the New Orleans Bureau, but the assassination is in Dallas, where Rather used to be the Chief, but Rather is the first to report the President's death, even though he's now the Chief in New Orleans - where's Oliver Stone when you need him?

FUN FACTS - Amazingly, the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird was released in 1962. Also in 1962, Dick Nixon lost the California governor's race, and famously declared we wouldn't have him around to kick anymore; much to Rather's delight, that was not the case. But wait a minute - Nixon, who later traded barbs with Rather, was also in Dallas on November 22, 1963...the plot thickens. (And how come you never saw Gregory Peck and Dan Rather in the same room at the same time? Huh? Can you answer that one, smartypants?)...

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