Talk:Howard K. Smith

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The author lists Mr. Smith under "Cajuns" in the specific categories. What is the evidence that Mr. Smith was "Cajun"? Was his mother of French descent?

Billy Hathorn 13:10, 10 October 2006 (UTC)Billy HathornBilly Hathorn 13:10, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

The article states that Smith had his notebooks confiscated and that he was thrown out of Germany. On page 352 in The Last Train from Berlin he tells of having requested an exit visa and finally receiving one after Columbia agreed to send a substitute. He very much wanted to leave but had been repeatedly refused the visa until Columbia agreed to the hostage deal which, of course, they never completed.Nriesz (talk) 17:20, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Since Edward R Murrow seems to have been based in London it's confusing to find from this that Smith joined CBS "under" Murrow in BERLIN. I don't say "Last Train from Berlin doesn't mention Murrow at all, but it isn't the first name that springs to mind from it. It's clear from the book he was sent to Berlin at the end of 1940 by Webb Miller of UP. Clarification is needed. And if Smith interviewed Hitler at Berchtesgaden, or Himmler or Goebbels anywhere, again these are not events which stay in the mind from "Last Train from Berlin". On the other hand his account of seeing Hitler in Munich while still a student in pre-war Germany from that book certainly does. Where are these interviews documented?86.131.144.239 (talk) 06:56, 3 January 2016 (UTC)


Einstein Connection[edit]

an interesting quote: "Every Sunday at noon he [Einstein] listened to a news analysis broadcast by Howard K. Smith. Guests were never invited at that hour." Per the book, this quote apparently relates to some period in the last decade of Einstein's life (died April 1955). Einstein was living in Princeton, New Jersey at the time. Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). (Pais, Abraham (2005-11-03). Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein (p. 473). Oxford University Press - A. Kindle Edition.)Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). 2607:F0B0:9:17:6C57:7F83:A317:3FA (talk) 20:50, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

In "Last Train From Berlin" he says that on becoming Chairman of the Oxford University Labour Club "at the end of my second year" - i.e for Michaelmas term 1939 - he left for Germany in the summer vacation of 1939, returning to London in August, and took a job as reporter on - though he doesn't date it - what from the context must have been 3rd September 1939, with Webb Miller of UP in London. The Wikipedia entry claims he "was graduated" from Oxford in 1939, but there is no mention of a degree, and in fact it seems likely that he went down from Oxford for full-time employment a month before the start of Michaelmas Term 1939 - which isn't "graduation". An Oxford undergraduate course usually lasted three years. It might be worth clarifying his status with Merton86.131.144.239 (talk) 04:13, 3 January 2016 (UTC)