Tex McCrary

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Tex McCrary
Born John Reagan McCrary, Jr.
(1910-10-13)October 13, 1910
Calvert, Texas
United States
Died July 29, 2003(2003-07-29) (aged 92)
New York City, New York
United States
Nationality American
Education Yale University
Phillips Exeter Academy
Occupation journalist, P.R. specialist, inventor of the talk show genre for television and radio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Brisbane, daughter
of Arthur Brisbane
Jinx Falkenburg

John Reagan McCrary (October 13, 1910–July 29, 2003), better known as Tex McCrary, was an American journalist and public relations specialist who invented the talk show genre for television and radio, and appeared on radio and TV with his wife, Jinx Falkenburg.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Calvert, Texas, McCrary graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in 1928[1] and from Yale University in 1932, where he served as chairman of campus humor magazine The Yale Record.[2] He was a member of both Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and Skull and Bones, where his club nickname was "Sancho Panza".[3]:125[4]

McCrary was interviewed by newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane while McCrary was editor of the Yale Record. Brisbane hired McCrary for the New York Daily Mirror after his graduation in 1932.

In 1934, McCrary married Brisbane's daughter Sarah. During their honeymoon in the Bahamas, McCrary designed the format of the Daily Mirror tabloid, which he was to edit until he joined the US Army Air Corps (later the US Air Force) in a PR capacity. He flew many bomber sorties with the 8th Air Force until involvement in the invasion of Sicily and later the execution of Mussolini.

McCrary was then tasked with putting together a team of airborne war correspondents to cover the Twentieth Air Force. The press corps toured Europe in the weeks after V-E Day in a custom B-17 fitted with high-powered shortwave radio equipment. They started with Paris and moved on to examine first-hand the destruction from the Allied bombing campaigns on Hamburg and Dresden. That September, they were among the first Americans to enter Hiroshima after the atomic bombing.[5] Over the following few months the group toured Asia, making stops in China, French Indochina, Thailand, Burma, the Malay States, and Java.[6]

A staunch Republican, McCrary played a major role in convincing Dwight Eisenhower to run for the U.S. presidency in 1952.[4] According to Richard Kluger's The Paper, McCrary was responsible for John Hay Whitney's purchase of the former The New York Herald Tribune.[7] He died in New York City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips Exeter Academy Alumni Records
  2. ^ Kelly, Charles J. (2009). Tex McCrary: Wars-Women-Politics, An Adventurous Life across the American Century. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books. p. 6.
  3. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7. 
  4. ^ a b Severo, Richard (July 30, 2003). "Tex McCrary Dies at 92; Public Relations Man Who Helped Create Talk-Show Format". New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Charles J. (2009). Tex McCrary: Wars, Women, Politics: An Adventurous Life Across the American Century. University Press of America. p. 82. ISBN 0761844562. 
  6. ^ Overseas Press Club of America (1948). Phillips, Joseph B.; Thompson, Craig; Hensell, Hester E.; Chaplin, W. W.; Doerflinger, William M., eds. As We See Russia. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc. p. 304. 
  7. ^ Kluger, Richard. The Paper: the life and death of the New York Herald Tribune. Richard Kluger with the assistance of Phyllis Kluger. New York, NY: Knopf, 1986. p.801; ISBN 0-394-50877-7

Sources[edit]

  • Charles J. Kelly, Tex McCrary: Wars, Women, Politics: An Adventurous Life Across the Twentieth Century (Hamilton Books 2009, ISBN 978-0-7618-4455-6)

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