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A brush with history

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

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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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