PETER GREGG ARNETT - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BERNARD SHAW, JOHN HOLLIMAN - HFSID 185842
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PETER ARNETT, BERNARD SHAW and JOHN HOLLIMAN
First Day Cover signed by all three of "the Boys of Baghdad", the CNN journalists who reported from the Iraq city when it was bombed during the Persian Gulf War.
First Day Cover signed: "John Holliman", "Peter Arnett/C.N.N." and "2-5-91/Bernard/Shaw/CNN", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone Centennial, 13-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Boston, Massachusetts, March 10, 1976, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Arnett, Shaw and Holliman were the only three journalists reporting from Baghdad when U.S. bombing of the city began (other journalists were present at the Al-Rashid Hotel at the time, but only CNN had the facilities to broadcast to the outside world). PETER GREGG ARNETT, born in New Zealand in 1934, who has worked for both the print media ("National Geographic") and the broadcast media, won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his work in Vietnam, where he accompanied troops on dozens of missions and was one of the last reporters in Saigon when it fell to North Vietnamese forces. Working for CNN for 18 years (until 1999), Arnett became a household name with his coverage from Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War (Shaw and Holliman eventually left Baghdad, leaving Arnett as the sole remaining reporter). Arnett was able to obtain and uncensored interview with Saddam Hussein the week after the war, and he would interview Osama bin Laden in 1997. Arnett, on assignment for NBC and "National Geographic", also covered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. He is the author of Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World's War Zones (1994). BERNARD SHAW (1940-2022) was CNN's leading news anchor from 1980 until 2001, when he retired. In addition to being known for his coverage of the Gulf War, Shaw is also noted for the question on the death penalty that he posed to Michael Dukakis during a debate with George H.W. Bush during the 1988 campaign. Seven years earlier, he had been the only anchor to not (erroneously) report that James Brady had been killed during the attempt on President Ronald Reagan's life. Since his retirement, Shaw has occasionally appeared on CNN, and he began writing books. JOHN HOLLIMAN (1948-1998), who joined CNN at its inception in 1980, was known for his coverage of space exploration as well as for his reporting of the Gulf War. He was slated to cover John Glenn's return to space when he was killed in an automobile accident in 1998. The following year, the press auditorium at the Kennedy Space Center was named in Holliman's honor. Circular silver foil seal affixed above imprinted cachet. Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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