• March 1, 2015

A brush with history - The Star Democrat - Easton, Maryland: Local

A brush with history

Former White House Press Corps member remembers Helen Thomas and others whose work made American news-reporting history

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:01 pm | Updated: 11:11 pm, Wed Jul 31, 2013.

CHESTERTOWN — Sitting next to him on a couch in a comfortably modest home tucked into a quiet corner of the ACTS Heron Point retirement community, it is hard to believe a few feet, a sidewalk and a 54-pound camera with all its equipment separated Bill Powell from a bullet meant for President Gerald Ford on Sept. 5, 1975.

In fact, Powell, now 80, seemed somewhat embarrassed to reveal the crucial part he played in his quarter-century career as a White House Press technician and cameraman. He laughed at himself and how his life fatefully evolved from an eager 3rd-class petty officer to presidential follower and history recorder and kept saying in a soft, Virginia Tidewater drawl, “Tell me if I’m going on too long.”

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

Choose an online service.

You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 5 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 5 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at (410) 822-1500. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login Now

Need an online subscription?

Subscribe

Login

Choose an online service.

More about

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Twitter