Thursday, April 21, 2016


My "glory" days in television news.

Being mentored by Bob MacLeod at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota. (1960's)

The young TV anchorman.

Matching Madras and sunglasses. Me as KFYR's News Director with photographer Bob Barclay.

Trying to catch a few winks during a commercial break while covering a political convention with a killer hangover.

In those early days I did everything, including shooting film with a Bolex at a fire scene.

Just after interviewing Vice-President Hubert Humphrey as he ran for President in 1968.

But I think I was more thrilled to meet Chet Huntley.

Moving right along now. Here I'm producing a newscast at KTAR-TV in Phoenix.

It was obviously a Saturday - save your comments about my shorts, I've heard 'em all.

It was the great 70's - check my "love beads" and long hair.

In my "foreign correspondent" garb, doing a stand-up at a Vietnamese refugee camp in Northern California. 

By this time KTAR-TV had become KPNX-TV but still was Channel 12 in Phoenix.

This was more fun.

Interviewing Alice Cooper, poolside at the Del Webb TownHouse on the afternoon of a concert.

He was very accomodating said he liked golf and listened to Burt Bacharach music in his off-performance hours.

Field producing our coverage of the Sandra Day O'Connor confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court, with reporter Ron Talley. 

The last time I saw Ron his hair was snow white and he told me he'd been confused for Newt Gingrich.

Nearing the end of my run.

Field producing our coverage of the Republican National Convention in Dallas, 1984.

Y'gotta have a Stetson in Texas, right?

It was the middle of summer, blazing hot inside and frigid in the convention hall.

I caught a miserable cold and suffered through the week.

Badges? We don't need no steenking badges!

Or do we.

I collected quite a few over 30 years in "the business".


Tom Cochrun said...

Loved this retrospective. Very Cool. BTW I've got a badge collection like that as well. Perhaps I should post it someday. Great post today.

Jager said...

Love the post Taylor...

Catalyst said...

Thanks, pal.

Catalyst said...

Thanks, Bob.

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for letting us accompany you down memory lane. Love those madras jackets.

Should Fish More said...

Excellent post. thanks for sharing.

Val said...

Ted? Ted Baxter? Oh! For a minute there, before I put on my glasses, I did not recognize the young TV anchorman.

Inspiringimagesaz said...

You always had hat fashion in your work

Anonymous said...

Clean cut in the early days.


Frank Phillippi said...

Great scrapbook. Brought back a few memories about the Good Ole Days.
I had the Madras jacket but not the stylish hat.

Thérèse said...

I love that post. You met so many public figures...