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Howard K. Smith (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Germany, Paris, France

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-11-28

Duration: 00:28:16

Subjects: Smith, Howard K. (Howard Kingsbury), 1914-2002 | Journalists | TULANE UNIVERSITY | Politics | Journalism | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | World War II | Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949 | Murrow, Edward R. | Television debates | Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | Reagan, Ronald


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Grigsby-Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Smith, Howard K. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from November 28, 1983, features an interview with Howard K. Smith conducted by Gus Weill. Smith, a native of Ferriday, is a journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, and political commentator. He discusses: his childhood; his move to New Orleans; his time at Tulane University; the general state of journalism; his time at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar; his time in Nazi Germany, as both a student in 1936 and a war correspondent; his thoughts on Adolf Hitler; underground movements in Europe during World War II; the Nuremberg trails; Edward R. Murrow; moderating the presidential debates between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980; his 1969 interview with President Richard Nixon; his thoughts on the presidency of John F. Kennedy; and his thoughts on the American political system.