NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 02, 1975
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(Studio) Profile on commander of NORAD, 4-star General Dan. "Chappie" James.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Mt. Cheyenne, Colorado) Air Force technicians in underground headquarters scan radar for attack on US. In charge of North American Air Defense (NORAD) is General Dan. James, 1st black to become 4-star general [JAMES - describes his job. Proud of his responsibility. Proud President and chief of staff had guts to give him the job.]
REPORTER: Mike Jackson
(No location given) James given 4th star last summer, after 32 years in Air Force. Wife of 33 years pinned it on. He's 8th commander in chief for NORAD. James' life and career history noted. [JAMES - says a lot of people believed blacks shouldn't fly.] James' students from Tuskegee flew over Italy in World War II; impressive records. In Michigan, became involved in sit-in at segregated officers' club. [JAMES - says Thurgood Marshall took case for us: were acquitted. After that, President Truman ordered no separate facilities.] James' military career details noted. Fought in Korea and Vietnam. [JAMES - says Air Force and service always been ahead of society in making equal opportunity.] James' sons, Dan. and Claude, are in military [JAMES - says tell black youths to assess progress and take advantage of opportunities.] James paid $37,800 year and is chauffeured everywhere, but puts in 16-18 hrs. daily. He is sought out for public speaking and hosts foreign officials, such as Iceland foreign Work is mostly administration Shown playing racquet ball. Was all-conference tackle at Tuskegee. He loves flying the most. [JAMES - says not significant that he became 4-star general unless other blacks can make it too.] Says he'll be glad when being black 4-star general is noteworthy, not newsworthy.
REPORTER: Mike Jackson
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