CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 02, 1972
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(Studio) J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director for 48 years, dies at age 77 of high blood pressure. He dined last night with his assistant, Clyde Tolson. His hsekpr. found him this morning. Hoover took over FBI in 1924 (Coolidge administration) beginning career spanning 8 President In later years, he came under criticism from liberals. [HOOVER - in 1946, speaks out against Communism.] Hoover visited Capitol 3-10-72 to testify at Congress hearing (shown). His body will be returned there tomorrow to lie in state. Funeral at National Presbyterian Church, Thursday President Nixon will deliver eulogy.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) [President NIXON - mourns loss of Hoover, a personal friend, who served with unparalleled devotion, ability, and dedication. Orders flags flown at half mast.] Work and public functions of FBI continue (Yablonski murder case, tours). [FBI tour guide-tells tourists of Hoover's death.] [Acting Attorney General KLEINDIENST - commends Hoover for bearing criticism with courage and dignity, for keeping FBI from becoming tainted with political influence.] Hoover had wanted to see completion of new FBI building
REPORTER: Nelson Benton
(DC) Hoover frequently had lunch at Mayflower Hotel's Carvery Restaurant. [Maitre D'Hotel, Louis GEYER - says staff will miss Hoover as a friend.] [Waiter Joe CHAPMAN - says Hoover was a jolly, easy-going guy who liked to be teased.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Studio) Hoover, a Washington, DC native, never married. Nixon to name a temporary successor to Hoover tomorrow. CBS special on Hoover announced for tonight, 7:30 EDT.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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