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Bill Powell, 80, lives a quiet life of retirement with wife Nancy in ACTS Heron Point, Chestertown. But don’t be fooled. The former White House Press Corps technician and cameraman has a lifetime of unforgettable stories to share.
Bill Powell and President Jimmy Carter
Taken from the pages of his own photo album, this clipping from a magazine shows Bill Powell, hidden behind the watchful lens and black box of his camera, filming former President Jimmy Carter after his election loss in 1980. Carter signed the page in the lower left corner.
Bill Powell's memorabilia
Chestertown resident and former White House Press Corps member Bill Powell, now 80, keeps a lifetime of newsworthy moments carefully tucked away in a photo album that testifies to an unforgettable career and ringside seat to American history in the making.
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.”
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:01 pm.
Updated: 11:11 pm.