Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2: Happy Birthday, Mary Breckinridge



One of the several radio personages born on this day is Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, one of Edward R. Murrow's "boys."  A female to be sure, Mary often worked under the name Marvin.  Whatever gender issues may have been in play, this strategy also kept her distinct from her cousin, Mary Breckinridge, noted for starting the Frontier Nursing Service.

Breckinridge filed some fifty reports for Murrow's team on CBS.  Many of her reports were from Germany. In 1940, this assignment abruptly came to an end and Mary went back to photojournalism, also becoming a philanthropist.

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