What is it like, growing up in what some say was the most famous family of the twentieth century?
Reeve Lindbergh knows. She was born in 1945 to Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her father was “Lucky Lindy” the aviator who made history in 1927 as the first pilot to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a solo flight.
But the famikly knew tragedy, too. Reeve’s older brother, Charles Jr., was just 20 months old when he was kidnapped from the family home and murdered in 1932. It was one of the most famous crimes of the century.
And still more notoriety came just before the U.S. entered World War II — Lindbergh was against getting into war, and some even accused him of being a Nazi sympathizer.
This was the environment Reeve Linbergh was born into.
I met her in 1998, when she wrote a memoir called “Under A Wing.”
So here now, from 1998, Reeve Lindbergh.
Reeve Lindbergh will be 75 in October. She lives in rural Vermont.
As public scandals go, this one might seem pretty benign, by today’s low bar. But in 1984, it was a big story when it was revealed that the authoirities had broken up a high-priced Manhattan escort service that was being run by a woman named Sydney Biddle Barrows.
Now, when a New York Post reporter uncovered the fact that the 32-year-old Barrows is from the Biddle family of Philadelphia, and is a direct descendant of some of the original Mayflower settlers, he dubbed her the “Mayflower Madam” — and the name stuck.
Within two years of her company being put out of business, Barrows wrote a bestselling autobiography, called, of course, “The Mayflower Madam.”
That’s when I first met her.
So here now, from 1986, Mayflower Madam Sydney Biddle Barrows:
Sydney Biddle Barrows is 68 now. She’s a management consultant and writer.
Years before her husband Al was elected vice president of the United States, Tipper Gore established a reputation of her own, as a social issues advocate. And her issue, in the late 80s, was protecting America’s children from sex and violence in the media.
She was co-founder of the Parents Music Resource Center, which led the effort to require warning labels if on media contained profanity, sexual references, or violence.
I met her in 1987. She had just published a book called Raising PG Kids In An X-Rated Society.
So here now, from 1987, Tipper Gore:
Tipper Gore celebrated her 72nd birthday day-before-yesterday.
Irish-born redhead Maureen O’Hara knew from an early age she wanted to act. After years of training, she was finally “discovered,” if you will, as ayoung woman by Charles Laughton, considered one of thye world’s finest actors.
Her first movie came in 1938, and it launched an award-winning career that spanned decades.
I met her in 2004. She had just written a memoir that included her recollections of working with some of the greatest names in movie history: director John Ford. Her longtime friend and co-star John Wayne. Even John Candy.
And, as you’re about to hear, she was eyewitness to the start of one of Hollywood’s romances.
So here now, from 2004, Maureen O’Hara.
Maureen O’Hara died in 2015. Next Monday, August 17th, would have been her 100th birthday.
For decades the USSR — the Soviet UInion — was a major world power, but it was held together largely through force and intimidation.
Things began to unravel in the late 1980s — the momentum built after President Ronald Reagan delivered these words at the Berlin Wall:
The wall did come down two years later, and two years after that, the Soviet Union came to an end.
Watching it all, from a front-row seat, was high-profilpe Soviet journalist and broadcaster Vladimir Pozner, who was also a freqeuent guest on American television, largely because in his youth, he spent a lot of time in tghe U.S. abd vecame fluent in English.
I interviewed Vladimir Pozner several times, including in 1992, less than a year after the breakup of the Soviet Union. He had written a book called, appropriately, Eyewitness.
So here now, from 1992, former Soviet journalist Vladimir Pozner.
Vladimir Pozner is 86 now. He’s a naturalized U.S. citizen.