Edwin Newman Dies

One of my favorites from the old-school of television journalism.

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Newman, who brought literacy, wit and energy to NBC newscasts for more than three decades, and battled linguistic pretense and clutter in his best sellers “Strictly Speaking” and “A Civil Tongue,” has died. He was 91.

Newman also made several appearances on Saturday Night Live including one skit where he manned a suicide hotline and corrected the callers on their grammar.

Newman also hosted a series called Speaking Freely where he did long-form in-depth interviews with important minds of the time, including an excellent interview with media guru Marshall McLuhan (very much worth your time if you have an interest in old and new media).

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