I 14 (folesburg BaaisteNMail, Gdlesburg, III. Tuesday, July 17, 1973 I i .1-! It 'Ml ' t! Lowell Thomas 9 Story Goes On f Continued From Page 12) ^'Teddy!) and sortie feel his respect for them and his love -ftr country come through un- : objectively clear on the air. Watergate is a for instance. Though an army of newsmen, many conservative, are currently indignant over the allegations of wrongdoings in the White House, Thomas does not publicly rap either Nixon, "an old friend," or Watergate itself. Says he merely: "We're .living in an electronic age. Bugging goes on all the time. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more than it does." FOR HIS PART, Thomas does not believe it his duty to pontificate. Nor does he even discuss his politics; he says a friend once referred to him as "an anarchist," and lets it go at that. However, he is known to worry about the preponderance of left-leaning political thought in the mass media. He once told a television interviewer the industry is about "95 per cent" liberal. He says this is probably unavoidable , Vsince most of us are high strung and sensitive people," but he laments the impact on the public. "I remember reading a news item about a 105- year-old woman who was asked how she lived so long. She said she did it by not reading a newspaper, listening to the radio or watching TV." Thomas says he understands her sentiment. Politics aside, though, the case of the 105-year-old gal is interesting in that there aren't many people any age in the United States who haven't listened to at least Lowell Thomas on radio. Some say that over the years his voice has been heard more often than any other in history. (His broadcasts, a summary of several eras, are contained in 340 leather-bound volumes in Thomas' office.) TO BE SURE, it has often been difficult to escape the voice. From Canberra (bee de beep de beep), from Sitka, from the Tibet's Forbidden City of Lhasa, Thomas has reported on everything from everywhere. As perhaps the most-traveled journalist of all time,' he has dined with pyg- Bi-State Racism Charge To Be Viewed by DOT ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The Federal Transportation Department has promised an investigation of allegations of racial discrimination by the St. Louis Bi-Sfcate Transit System. The fii-State Committee on Racial Equality said Monday , it received the promise in a letter from Mildred W. Goodman, chief of the complaints and special projects department office of civil rights. Bi-State operates buses in both the Missouri and Illinois parts of the St. Louis area. The committee charged the system has discriminated against blacks in employment, service and fares. The committee also protested the awarding of a $1.1 million federal capital improvement grant to Bi-State while the firm is charged with racial discrimnaton. Charles Troupe, committee chairman, praised Illinois Gov. Daniel Walker's appointment of committee member Carmen P. Moody to be a Bi-State commissioner from Illinois. *V Then . . . and Now There was a time, above left, when Lowell Thomas not, only brought the news, he was the news. The most-traveled jour nalist of all time has dined with pygmies, explored the Antarctic and, above right, is still on the go. NEA flSIDEWAI.K WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 MATERNITY CLOTHES 20%-50% MARK DOWNS Swimsuits; Pastel Stretch Panel-less Slacks; Rack of Dresses & Sportswear. $1.00 Off On Some Shorts (All Stretch) UNIFORMS Rack Of Assorted Sizes & Colors 20% • 50% OR MORE Linda McCrery's 65 S. SEMINARY mies in New Guinea, explored, the Antarctic with Byrd, flown around the world with Hap Arnold. At last count he had visited every region on the globe except Inner Mongolia., Outer "yes," he says, Inner "no." He was the first to broadcast from a ship, first to broadcast from a plane, first to explore a mine with a microphone. All of this was on radio, but he also made some history on TV. Shortly before World War II, Thomas was employed as the first live TV newscaster, a job he recalls/ mostly for its unpredictability: "I REMEMBER they used to put some of their make-up on me, but I was always arriving at the studio late so I didn't have much time for that. One night I got to the station very late and all they could do was slap me in the face with a large powder puff. Well, a lot of powder. stayed on my upper lip and after I had been on the air a minute or two I made another first — the first sneeze in television history." There have been few such faux pas in Thomas' career. A careful, calculating man, he has been daring but never flamboyant. And it has paid off handsomely. Estimates of his wealth run as high as $150 million (considerably more than your average journalist); the walls of his memory are decorated with thousands of accomplishments (52 books, two dozen major exploration expeditions, a dozen honorary college degrees); the grounds of his 3,000-acre estate in Pawling, N. Y., have hosted some of the most-celebrated men of the last half-century. SOME SAY HE'S over tha hill. Some say he's 20 years behind modern journalism. But Lowell Thomas, of the ageless pencil mustache, insists he still has miles to go and mountains to climb. "My goal for what remains of my life is to try to convince the young people that the world is not as bad as they think — in fact, this is a Golden Age for them." He means it, he really does. And that's why there are still those who, for one reason or another, feel a little better when Lowell Thomas says to them nightly: "Good evening, everybody." In times of change, it's good to have something that doesn't. News Council Tells Public How To Make Complaints NEW YORK (UPI) — The I has not received an adequate National News Council Monday j response within 30 days, announced the appointment of Grievance Committee William B. Arthur, former The council will forward editor of Look, as its executive complaints to a grievance director. committee, madie up of council broadcast whether com- and and The council also told newspa per readers and listeners how they can palin about accuracy fairness in newspapers news broadcasts. Any person or organization can make a complaint within 90 days of release of the news, the council said. The council will consider a complaint only if the news organization involved has beert notified and the person members, to TREMENDOUS BARGAINS On The Sidewalk And in The Store Came On h Aid Cool Off! SAVE BIG DOLLARS on HARDWARE, HOUSEWARES, AIR CONDITIONERS, APPLIANCES, TV, FURNITURE? 420 E. Main Galesburg Open Mon. & Fri. Nitts 'Til 9:00 who will decide consider it. 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