Famous radio / TV newscaster Edward R. Murrow grew up in a place called Blanchard, WA. just down the road from Bellingham. He also attended Washington State College (now Washington State University) across the state from Blanchard in Pullman. I grew up in Pullman and remember when they built the Edward R. Murrow Communications Center at WSU while I was in high school. That was my first recollection of Murrow since most of my childhood was a bit after his time.
First TV newscasters I remember were Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. They were on NBC.
Last Sunday in April 2012, the folks of Blanchard decided to hold a festival for Murrow. It's hoped this event will become a yearly tradition.
I bicycled to the event from Bellingham; around 20 miles one way. Made for a nice day.
There were interesting lectures and discussion in the old chapel followed by a walking tour of Blanchard. Festivities continued at the old Blanchard Depot (now a community hall) where there was a birthday cake for Egbert Murrow. He changed his name from Egbert to Edward.