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September 13, 2008 5:54 AM Subscribe
posted by wendell (13 comments total)
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(all caps, because that's the way he said everything), Los Angeles Television/Radio Legend, has died at the age of 94. A protege of Walter Winchell who came to L.A. in 1951 to restart a stalled career as a news anchor, he was famous for his dramatic style and extremely UNobjective reporting. Retrospective of his colorful career: Part One
, Part Two
. Best known on the Web as the "outstanding news reporter" who narrated the '50s alarmist documentary "Perversion for Profit"
, he was also acknowledged as the model for the Mary Tyler Moore show's bombastic newsman character Ted Baxter (seen here
sitting in on a real newscast). Not restricting his editorializing to his daily "One Reporter's Opinion" segment, he is credited/blamed for the election of Sam Yorty as mayor of Los Angeles. And when TV News outgrew him, he found a home for the next 30 years doing Talk Radio (where some of us believe Rush Limbaugh also modeled his style after him). And that’s the up-to-the-minute obitfilter; up to the minute, that’s all the obitfilter.
In lieu of a moment-of-silence signifying "." I would recommend an emphatic "!"