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1971 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Lowell Thomas*

Commentator & Author

"Do whatever it takes to get an education."

Lowell Thomas was born in 1892 in Woodington, Ohio. When he was eight, he moved with his family to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where he sold newspapers in gambling halls and saloons. He later worked as a gold miner and range-rider to finance his education. Ultimately, he acquired degrees from Valparaiso University, the University of Denver, Kent College of Law, and Princeton University. To pay for room and board during school, he waited tables, worked as a short-order cook, and fed and milked the cows of one of his professors. He also punched cattle and pitched hay on the Ute Indian Reservation. In the 1920s, he was a magazine editor. In 1930, he became a broadcaster with CBS radio. He hosted the first-ever television-news broadcast in 1930 and the first regularly scheduled news broadcast on television in 1940. He is best known for his 1950s television series entitled High Adventure, and TV's Lowell Thomas Remembers in the 1970s.

* Deceased