Thursday, October 22, 2015


In 1963 I was a young, wide-eyed, Marlboro-puffing television reporter in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Early in the morning of September 14th, I was awakened by a telephone call from UPI Movietone in Chicago asking if I had any film of the quints they could buy.

I was then made aware that five new babies had come into the world on that day - the Fischer Quintuplets, the first surviving quintuplets ever born in the United States.

A large part of the national and international news media soon swarmed the small town, many of them coming from only a short distance as they had been in Bismarck, North Dakota, covering a speech by Bobby Kennedy.

The rest of that time is a mystery lost in the shrouds of time. I can only remember a few incidents.

But it did launch me into a new job in Bismarck and many more adventures in a career that lasted some 30 years.

The picture above was taken as we, the media, waited for a news conference to begin in St. Alexius Hospital, where the four girls and a boy were born.

After only a few years of publicity and attention by the Pope and President Kennedy, among others, the quintuplets retreated to a quiet life with their protective parents and the SIX other children in their family.


Anonymous said...

Riding the news wave. Good on you.


Tom Cochrun said...

The idea of smoking in a hospital seems odd, now.

Jager said...

Smoking in a hospital does seem strange. When my little sister was born I remember visiting Mom in the hospital and she and her friends were smoking and laughing. Baby Sis was safe in the nursery. My ex is a Nurse Practitioner specializes in cardiology and she says the number of cardiologists and chest crackers who smoke is pretty damn high. They have a smoker's tent outside the hospital where she works.

Catalyst said...

When I drive by the hospital in "our town", I see nurses standing way back from the Emergency Entrance puffing on their cigarettes. Makes you wonder.

Frank Phillippi said...

Great were a true eyewitness to history

Stephen Hayes said...

It's exciting to see you in the thick of breaking news.