NBC's evening news anchor remembers growing up after World War 11 with the "greatest generation."
By 1950, when I was 10, America had a new generation of teachers, businessmen, lawyers and doctors on the job and moving into the new pattern of life developing in the suburbs. This is the time in America that I and other members of my generation experienced most directly and remember best, the time when the war was over and people wanted to get on with their lives, and did not talk about the war much, or at all.
My father went to work for the US Army Corps of Engineers. We moved to a town that had been efficiently assembled on a river bluff overlooking the Missouri. Living there was a working-class dream, especially for children of the Depression. It was a time and a place bursting with the promise of just rewards for hard work.
When work on the Fort Randall Dam was completed, we moved downstream to Yankton, SD, and another Corps of Engineers project, Gavins Point Dam. With that move, the war receded evermore from our thoughts. We were able to get television signals for the first time, and there were two local radio stations, where I would find work as a teenager and college student.