European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Apr 6 1968, Page 11

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - April 6, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseStill on tie durable by Cynthia m Why a staff writer two Genber Cona Tafoll cations conscious Auto Erica ii feel there Are a i per named Lowell Tho major at least. It i Fuffy that Allu fiction could sur round a in Sec Hull a Cong there is Lowell Ifeoma the jews Caster who after almost 37 rep rung is still a network radio fix fire a veritable Rock of Gibraltar Ina medium which has undergone considerable change since the burgeoning of is Lowell Thomas adventurer who was on a first name basis with presidents dined with cannibals hunted tigers with the Duke of Windsor skied in the Arctic and was thrown from a horse in is Lowell Thomas writer who has authored 52 books most of the real life adventure tales about men like Lawrence of Arabia and count Felix von Luckner the German world War 1 undersea Raider or accounts of his own journeys to Little known and often dangerous Corners of the world. There is Lowell Thomas Squire an prime Developer of Quaker Hill near Pawling n.y., which he changed from Rocky Dairy farm land into estate Cotto try for Many famous people. There Are still others Lowell Thom As lecturer and showman guiding spirit of a thriving husband and proud father. They Are All having a birthday today Lowell Thomas 76thand a More unlikely septuagenarian has never Bee seen. At an age when most men Are cob tent to be spectators Thomas continues Bis Active life including Bis daily lbs news broadcast. His Short Stocky figure is straight and he walk with the Lithe ease of a Young Man. The curly hair is Iron Grey but the precise unaccented voice is unchanged from the Day in september 1930 when Thomas stepped into the vacant shoes of Floyd Gibbons before a lbs Micro , 37 years ago was a Pioneer even broken ankle suffered while skiing failed of keep Thomas away from Mike. In a new Breed of newscaster. Gibbons a member of the Florid i was there school specialized in rapid fire delivery excitement and opinion. Thomas reported the news kept assiduously away from personal opinion and had a Friendly almost Folksy style that suggested to his audience that he was an average citizen like they were but just happened to have Access to breaking news stories. That is still his style. In a recent interview Thomas was asked what he thought of the current trend that was changing the function of radio from primarily entertainment to service with news and talk program Sand record playing. Thomas plunged into a lengthy an fascinating Story about the hurry up Call in 1930 from Young William Paley who had just acquired Columbia Broad casting system to audition for a nightly newscast. He never did get Back to con temporary radio. The surprising aspect of Thomas Slong and financially rewarding Broad casting career is that aside from Mak ing and narrating an Only mildly successful trave log series several year Sago he has never moved seriously into television journalism. Ills was in fact on one of the first television news pro Grams made when he was broadcast saturday april 6, 1968 the stars and stripes ing on Abc radio in 1943. All television activity was shelved during world War ii and later Thomas decided that radio was a better medium for disseminating news than newscasters Are tied to their studios and their desks. Thomas still the disembodied voice is free to do most of his broadcasts from a radio studio at his Home or by shortwave from whatever outpost his wanderlust has taken him to. Thomas was born in Ohio the son Ofa doctor. The Thomas family went West when he was Small and Young Lowell grew up in a Tough mining Camp in Colorado. He worked his Way through school got into the newspaper business and As a War correspondent built his pictures and knowledge of t. E. Law rence of Arabia and British Gen. Edmund h. Allenby into a dramatic lecture with which he travelled through the United states and with special Success opened his first broadcast in 1930 with Good evening everybody and closed it with so Long until to he still does and it seems that his 15-minute cast is just about the Only thing in the fast moving world of broadcasting that has t changed much Over the years. Page

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