He was born in New York City and his name was Donald, but his friends and admirers called him Don. I had the pleasure of meeting him twice and speaking with him once. He was a real legend, but not only in his own mind.
He didn't avoid military service, he joined the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1943. After World War II ended, The `Donald returned to journalism and worked for The AP and later for UPI.
Donald Shepard "Don" Hewitt was a journalist, a TV news producer, and executive, who created 60 Minutes, the CBS television news magazine, in 1968, which at the time of his death, was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television. The Sunday TV magazine delivers the most unforgettable, exclusive stories. This is true reality TV, not the fake one which duped so many for too long.
Under The Donald's real leadership, 60 Minutes was the only news program ever rated the nation's top-ranked, an achievement it accomplished multiple times. Hewitt produced the first televised presidential debate in 1960.
When I had the opportunity to have lunch with The Don, I focused on the keys for training future generations of journalists and asked him for advice. He emphasized the importance of creating images with words, pictures, and sounds. Don went on to explain that writing a compelling narrative includes superb sound with images.
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