Looks like about 1982. I can’t remember what the event was!
“Mike, do you know why we hired you?” [ Asked by a Senior ABC Executive in Los Angeles on my last day – Retirement lunch in 2013]. Me: “uh- I think I’m about to find out”– ABC Guy– “We hired you because you weren’t an engineer. We hired you as Asst/Director of Engineering because we needed a technologist ” who could mix people and gadgets and get stuff done.
1983 “Live” on a rolling parade float with SportsCaster George Michael. Redskins Super Bowl Parade, Washington DC
It was my good fortune to have worked with some world class Journalists (with a capital J ). Jim Upshaw of NBC News was one such. A gentleman role-model and an intellectual and fabulous writer. Photo above- Richmond, Va. 1990 Governor Doug Wilder’s inauguration. The first elected black Governor in the US since reconstruction.
1979 Andrews AFB The Pope had just arrived.
Summer 1985 — Joe Namath was to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. In early summer we flew up to Connecticut where Namath still has summer Football camp for kids. As I recall we were there 3 days to shoot a “profile piece” on Namath for NBC Sports. It’s impossible to overstate how much fun it was shooting that story. Namath was sincere,friendly and you would never have known he was still one of the most famous Sports celebrities in the nation. Below: I’ve still got the Sun Visor!
Middle East: Military Transport Depot Dahran, Saudi Arabia. January 1991 (before the ground phase began).
Above: Hollywood– Academy Awards 2009
Some of the dozens and dozens of Press Passes from over the years.
Above: With the US Army Parachute team: The Golden Knights.
Above: 1979 Cop Killer on the loose. Murder Scene 14th Street Washington DC 2:00am
Los Angeles Mayoral Debate 2012. Me in the Control Room.
Above: I worked at the Oscars for 9 years in a row. What a blast! Who gets to have this much fun in the last decade of their career?
Above: This is the shot millions of Americans recognized in the years of Washington Coverage pre-1990. This is the balcony of the Russell Senate Office building. Known as “the Russell balcony”. Reporters have stood at this open window for decades delivering Washington DC coverage.
Above: My first time at the White House. Jan or Feb of 1980. President Carter was not in the White House compound that day.
Me and Jessica Savitch. Among the first Women to anchor a Network Evening Newscast. 1979