Bob Schieffer will always be part of the Star-Telegram.
As if there was any doubt, the veteran CBS News anchor and correspondent, who retired this year after 46 years with the network, is part of a display at the Newseum, the Washington museum about the news business, showcasing a time when he was with the Star-Telegram.
The exhibit, “Reporting Vietnam,” has a full page ad from the Star-Telegram from 50 years ago that shows a very young Schieffer under the headline “Our Man in Viet Nam.”
And in the ad, Schieffer has something of a James Bond mystique — at least the 60s version.
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“Although just 28, he has earned his spurs covering the police and courthouse beats. … His new assignment will be a tough one. It will be to go into the jungles and rice paddies, villages and mountains … any place where Texans and Tarrant County men are on the front line of freedom,” says the ad.
“I got more than 700 letters as the result of that ad and tracked down 252 of them and wrote stories about them,” Schieffer, 78, told the Star-Telegram Thursday. “It remains the single most rewarding thing I ever did. Walking up to a 19 year old and saying, ‘your Mom asked to see how you’re doing,’ and then seeing their reaction is something I’ll never forget and still think of often.”
The story of Schieffer’s Star-Telegram reporting of the Kennedy assassination and giving the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald a ride to Dallas is well known. But now a new generation will also learn of his time in Vietnam. The Newseum exhibit runs through Sept. 12, 2016.
Monuments Men author Robert Edsel of Dallas just loves the Kimbell Art Museum.
After all, that’s where he met U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, in a connection that led to Granger’s intense interest in the story of art experts who were part of the military in World War II and rescued artwork and cultural treasures.
The museum is now a permanent part of our lives.
Robert Edsel, a Dallas author
Granger, who says she was eavesdropping as Edsel spoke to Kay Fortson, president of the Kimbell Art Foundation’s board of directors, was determined to honor the Monuments Men and tell their story.
Last year Granger succeeded in having Congress approve a Congressional Gold Medal, presented to the last surviving members Oct. 22 in the U.S. Capitol at a gala ceremony. And both Granger and Edsel were on hand Nov. 10 at an opening reception for the gold medal which is on display at the Kimbell until Nov. 15.
But Edsel’s love of the Kimbell — he has been friends with several of the museum’s directors — also has a life-changing component.
“On an even more personal level, I became engaged to my wife, a Florentine by birth, at the Kimbell, sitting in front of works of art created by her fellow Florentines: Michelangelo, Fra Angelico, and Donatello.”
Edsel proposed to Anna Bottinelli last November 15 and they were married in April. “The museum,” said Edsel, “is now a permanent part of our lives.”
Patrick Martinets, a Star-Telegram Austin Bureau chief in the 1960s, died Nov. 8.
During his journalistic career, the 76-year-old jack-of-all-trades — who at times worked as a bartender, payroll clerk, bank messenger and jackhammer operator — covered six presidents, six Texas governors and countless regular and special sessions of the Texas Legislature.
After leaving the Star-Telegram, Martinets became a speech writer for then-Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Mack Wallace and later worked as enforcement administrator in the commission.
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