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Hoover Death #20673

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 02, 1972
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(Studio) John Edgar Hoover, FBI director for 48 years, is dead.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) [President NIXON - mourns loss of Hoover, who served under 8 President with unparalleled devotion. Orders flags flown at half mast.]

(DC) Azaleas in bloom when Hoover died at his Washington, DC home, of natural causes (high blood pressure). Body found by hsekpr. He is survived by nieces and nephews. He took over FBI in 1924. His career of fighting crime reviewed. He was powerful and controversial. [HOOVER - in May, 1971, jests about magazine cover showing him in emperor's clothing.] [Former Attorney General John MITCHELL - says criticism of Hoover was unwarranted.] FBI work at Justice Department continues under Clyde Tolson until successor is named. New FBI building under construction.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

(Studio) Senator Hubert Humphrey calls Hoover 1 of central figures of our time. Former Chief Justice Earl Warren says he was a dedicated servant who will be missed. Senator Edward Kennedy says even those who differed with him bad highest respect for his honesty and integrity. Speculation on Hoover's successor has long preceded his death.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Senator must confirm Hoover's successor. Possibilities listed.

Gill, Bill;
Smith, Howard K.;
Zimmerman, Bill

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