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2006-10-18 - 11:32 a.m.

Christopher Glenn passed yesterday, from liver cancer. He was 67.

Many of you will be saying, "Christopher who?" But to my generation, he was a calm voice in a chaotic time.

Glenn was a news reporter. Much of his career was spent with CBS news, a lot of it on the radio. But my generation remembers him for something else. For fifteen years, Glenn was the voice of "In The News". This was a mini-news program that ran on CBS stations between the Saturday morning fare...say, at 10:56am or so. Glenn would take a story and explain it in words we kids could understand, and make it interesting. Here's one from 1984.

A couple years ago, I wrote a fan letter to Glenn. He was one of the few in my life I've ever done that for. Here's the original text:

Dear Mr. Glenn,

I am someone who grew up hearing your voice on CBS-TV’s “In The News” segments during my childhood. Imagine my delight many years later upon hearing your voice on KNX 1070 NewsRadio.

You were the sound of “grown-up news” for a generation of kids who watched Saturday morning programming on CBS in the 1970s. You helped us learn about what was going on outside our towns. You were, if I may be so bold, our Dan Rather.

Now, although almost three decades have passed, hearing you read the news of the world on my local station brings a smile to my face, and comfort to my heart.

I am glad for this opportunity to let you know this, and I hope to continue to hear you as I drive my local freeways.

Thank you, Mr. Glenn. Be well.

I didn't receive a reply, but I hope he read it. I meant every word.

I still do.


I need to be at work early today for a meeting. So that's all for now...because I need to check the news and see what else is going on in the world. I'll probably have to explain it to someone at work.

Be seeing you.


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