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Lowell Thomas, 'So long'

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents around the world EditedClara Germani / August 31, 1981



New York

Lowell Thomas, the journalists-author-explorer who passed on Saturday, was the longest-operating newscaster in broadcasting history, bringing accounts of his adventures -- including the story of lawrence of Arabia -- to Americans for more than 46 years. As the "Voice of Movietone," Mr. Thomashs face became as well known as his voice in newsreels before the television era.

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Mr. Thomas is probably best remembered as the man with the crisp voice and marvelous adventures, who began his broadcasting career in 1930 with a jaunty "Hello, everybody!" and continued helloing everyone on what became the oldest continuous program on the air.