Television: The Houston Hurricane

Dan Rather is a country boy in a hurry

For all the hours he has logged on the air and on the road, Dan Rather made his most celebrated TV appearance so far in the space of some ten seconds. The date was March 19,1974, the place Houston, where Richard Nixon was holding a news conference at a convention of the National Association of Broadcasters. Those were the dying days of Watergate, and everyone in the hall anticipated excitement if Nixon's least favorite television reporter asked a question. Sure enough, up stood Rather—to an...

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