Dan Rather

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-02-02

It’s hard to imagine the iconic voice of news legend Dan Rather announcing high school football games. But that’s one of the hats he wore before entering the world of broadcasting in 1959. Without attempting to put his life’s work in a nutshell, here are a few things faithful Current readers may or may not know about the native Texan: He’s covered every presidential campaign since 1960; he’s interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Fidel Castro, and Saddam Hussein (who invited him to moderate a televised debate between himself and George W. Bush, which never occurred); as a closing remark for his broadcasts, he tried simply saying the word, “courage,” which didn’t fly, so he changed it to, “That’s part of our world tonight;” he and his wife Jean have a home in Austin; on a History Channel program, he likened historical events to ones that take place in the Star Wars trilogy; and he’s been quoted as saying that there is no longer incentive to do “good valuable news.” On Thursday, as part of San Antonio College’s Fine Arts and Cultural Events Series (FACES), Rather will touch on 40-plus years as a TV journalist and correspondent, followed by an audience Q&A. Word to the wise: Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Free, doors at 6pm, public speech at 7pm, McAllister Fine Arts Auditorium, San Antonio College, 1300 San Pedro (at Courtland), (210) 486-0901, alamo.edu/sac.

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