Richard Threlkeld


Richard Threlkeld and I both started out on the CBS News assignment desk in the mid-1960s. We were the among the first generation of reporters to go directly into television, with no newspaper experience. So when we joined the ranks of print veterans--Cronkite, Collingwood, Rooney--fine writing and reporting were still all that mattered. Richard, who died Jan. 13 at 74, was a good-looking guy with a distinctive delivery. But his writing was superb, his compulsion to be where big things were happening so powerful, he would have done just fine an octave higher and 20 lb. heavier.

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