North Carolina-David Brinkley-December 1

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 1

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

I was a child of the era that my household got their nightly news on the TV right after dinner. There were three big network newscasts ABC-CBS and NBC. David Brinkely was one of those news anchors.


He was at the height of his popularity from 1956 to 1970, when NBC teamed him with Chet Huntley on a nightly news program it called “The Huntley-Brinkley Report.”

David McClure Brinkley was born on July 10, 1920, in Wilmington, N.C., the son of William Graham Brinkley, a railroad man, and Mary MacDonald West Brinkley. While he was still a student at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, he worked for a weekly newspaper, owned by a relative, providing a column about high school activities.


After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University, but never received a degree from either institution. He joined the Army in 1940 but was discharged for medical reasons a year later.

David Brinkley had a son named Alan who was the Provost at Columbia University in New York until he retired in 2008.

On June 11, 2003, David Brinkley died at his home in Houston from complications resulting from a fall.  He is buried at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington.




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