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Would you say that Murrow and his boys, which I guess were Eric Sevareid, Elmer Davis
Elmer Davis wasn't one of Ed Murrow's boys.
He was not.
Howard [K.] Smith was. Bill [William R. Jr.] Downs was. Doug [Douglas] Edwards
was not. Cronkite, of course, was not.
The reason they were called his boys is he recruited -- he was the one who put together the
international organization on the spot at the outset of the war. They were, many of the men
that we referred to, like Sevareid, were working for other news organizations in the theater
of the war. And Ed knew them and when he put together a group of men to report, they
became known as “Ed's boys.” I think they wanted the identification as much as he did.
When they came back from the war, did they influence the development of the news into a
star system as well, would you say?
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