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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 (born in 1940) 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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Born: November 13, 1934 in Riverton, New Zealand

Film Credits
2012 Eddie Adams: Saigon '68 (in person), 2009 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the (Other), 2008 An Unlikely Weapon (in person), 2007 War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (Other), 2005 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (in person), 2004 WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception (in person), 2003 L'Irak - D'une guerre à l'autre (in person), 2003 Berlin Mitte (in person), 2001 Sabine Christiansen (in person), 2001 15 Minutes (in person), 1999 Globos de Ouro 1998 (in person), 1996 Courage Under Fire (Performer), 1995 Vietnam: Coming to Terms (in person), 1995 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (in person), 1995 Charlie Rose (in person), 1994 CNN Presents: Terror Nation U.S. Creation (in person), 1994 CNN Presents (in person), 1992 Bunch of Five (Writer), 1991 Desert Storm: The War b_egins (Other), 1983 Poisoning for Profit (Producer), 1983 Poisoning for Profit (in person), 1968 NET Journal (in person)

Born: May 22, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

Film Credits
2005 Larry King Live (in person), 2004 Feeding the Beast: The 24-Hour News Revolution (in person), 2004 Fahrenheit 9/11 (Other), 2002 Live from Baghdad (Other), 2001 Breaking the News (in person), 2000 2000 Vice Presidential Debate (in person), 1999 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (in person), 1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Performer), 1997 Muppets Tonight (in person), 1997 Contact (in person), 1997 CNN & Time (in person), 1996 Getting Away with Murder (in person), 1995-1996 CNN Presents (in person), 1995 Vietnam: Coming to Terms (in person), 1994 CNN Presents: Terror Nation U.S. Creation (in person), 1993 Work in Progress (in person), 1992 The World Today (in person), 1992 Issues '92 (in person), 1992 Inside Politics (in person), 1992 EBN: Commercial Entertainment Product (Other), 1992 CNN: The 1992 State of the Union Address (in person), 1991 The Arsenio Hall Show (in person), 1991 Desert Storm: The War b_egins (in person), 1991 Desert Storm: The Victory (in person), 1988 1988 Presidential Debates (in person), 1986 CNN Prime News (in person), 1981 Showtime Looks at 1981 (Other), 1962 CBS Evening News with Wa_lter Cronkite (in person), 1953 World News with Diane Sawyer (in person)

Born: October 23, 1948 in Thomaston, Georgia
Died: September 12, 1998 in Snellville, Georgia

Film Credits
2002 Live from Baghdad (in person), 1999 The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (Other), 1997 Contact (in person)

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