|Before the Service|
He brought that enormous talent to the local community of Front Royal during his retirement years, promoting local events and charities with "Old Radio" recreations and dinner theatre performacies.
The "standng room only" crowd mostly consisted of local residents, most of whom were unaware of Don's contribution to Washington, and yes, international Televison. For almost 10 years, he was the number one local newscaster in the Nation's Capitol....where he was President Eisenhour's favorite newscaster.
In the early 60's Don became "the World's" most recognized TV personality....due to a series he did with the USIA called "Let's Learn English" which was broadcast in prime time in over 51 coiuntries.
My impression was that the locals only knew Don as a neighbor.....a very special one.
(Jim Silman was Program Director of WTOP-TV in the late 50's and 60's.)