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Links for Edward R. Murrow and Blanchard, Washington
and 2012 celebrations.

(1925 Basketball)
The 1925 Edison basketball team that won the state championship. Egbert was a member. Can you identify him?

      Egbert Roscoe Murrow was born on April 25, 1908, in Polecat Creek, North Carolina, and he moved to Blanchard, Washington, at age five with his family. You will find in this section the most comprehensive collection of stories about Edward R. Murrow as a boy and as a young man.

April 29 Blanchard 104th birthday of Egbert R. Murrow
      We are celebrating Egbert's birthday (it would have been his 104th), while we also thank the Murrows for their legacy of integrity and ethics. We want to encourage taking the torch of ethics in journalism to include ethics in education, politics, economics, environment and agriculture, and we will have info tables at the Train Station Community Hall after the presentations at the Chapel. Then we will enjoy birthday cake, a dance around the Maypole, and live music with Smokewagon. This event will become an annual celebration during the last weekend in April. The Chuckanut Drive Merchants Association is working on broadening next year's event to include Edison, and the goal is to expand to the entire weekend with contests, driving tours, and more. The Schedule of Events: begins at 2 p.m. at the Blanchard Chapel. Our keynote speaker this year is John Paxson, currently News Director, Northwest Public Radio and Television, the broadcast operations of The Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University; past CBS News Vice President and London Bureau Chief, and past Lead producer for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning, and renowned author. At 3 p.m. we will walk north on the Murrow Block Walk (to the Train Station, pointing out Murrow's old home site), and then have a birthday cake and maypole from 3:15-4:30 p.m. See the attached pdf flyer with all details. Admission is free.

May 10 Peak of Their Professions: the Murrow Brothers
      The opening reception for this new show at the Skagit County Historical Museum in LaConner is scheduled for 5:30-9 p.m., May 10. Tickets are $35 per person. The Murrow Brothers, three boys from Blanchard. Edward R, Lacey, and Dewey. Each was very accomplished. Edward R Murrow you recognize from his great contributions to Communications, Lacey an engineer was responsible for the Deception Pass Bridge, the Floating Bridge in Seattle, was the Directory of Transportation for WA, and Dewey (true to himself) also very accomplished. For details she the attached pdf flyer. On April 27, 2008, Lynn Lennox of the Blanchard Wedding Chapel hosted the 100th Birthday Party for Egbert "Edward" R. Murrow

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Stories about Edward R. Murrow, Blanchard's favorite son
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