Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day

I have to admit I'm sick of the eclipse hype.

Let's go back to 1979. This is ABC's coverage of the last big eclipse to be seen over the United States.

It's only ten minutes. Watch it.

I love the sense of wonder and excitement in Frank Reynolds' voice.

Frank Reynolds is one of the underrated anchors in TV news history.

It's all on YouTube. Search for Reynolds' last commentary before being removed as ABC Evening News anchor in December 1970.   It's great for two reasons. Reynolds makes no secret that he's not happy with the demotion. Second, he makes no apologies for his commentaries irritating some people.

Frank Reynolds returned to the ABC desk as one of the original World News Tonight anchors. A big part of the reason for the return was ABC News president Roone Arledge couldn't lure Tom Brokaw away from NBC or Dan Rather away from CBS. No matter. Frank Reynolds did an outstanding job until his death in 1983.

Enjoy the video, and enjoy the eclipse. Safe viewing, and let's hope the clouds stay away.