Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Neil Strawser

This from AP:

Former CBS News Radio Anchor Strawser Dies

By ELISABETH GOODRIDGE, Associated Press WriterTue Jan 3, 5:26 PM ET

Neil Strawser, who anchored CBS News radio coverage of President Kennedy's assassination, died Saturday. He was 78.

Strawser suffered a heart attack at his Washington home and was later pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday.

For 34 years, Strawser worked in Washington as a CBS News radio and television reporter. He anchored CBS Radio for four straight days after Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

Strawser was also the only television journalist admitted into the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base during the 1962 Cuban Missile crisis.

He left journalism in 1986 to serve as a Democratic spokesman for the House Budget Committee.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Neil Strawser was an established veteran newsman when I arrived in Washington as an all-too-earnest, energetic young Congressional staffer determined to make my mark and get ahead of the pack. I met him as he was dating my boss. I will always appreciate that he was friendly, without being the least bit condescending, and solicitous of my welfare, even though I have since known dozens of young people who remind me of what I was like then, and can't stand being with them. Neil somehow was able to overlook those grating qualities and be a friend to someone not particularly worthy. He was a gentleman, and generous. He spoke hardly at all of his work, though I subsequently, after losing touch, came to be a regular listener to his World News Roundup; funny that such stand-out professional work was never a real topic of discussion in our conversations. He evidently didn't need the validation. I have long appreciated his generous offer of friendship and will remember him fondly. T.