As a student in Journalism at Indiana University, he interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt. Later, while traveling by train to northern Indiana, he went to the dining car and, much to his surprise, found her eating there and waiving him over to sit with her.
Interviewing Jack Benny for Stars & Stripes
Russ was the anchor of the evening newscasts for a few weeks in 1968 during an anchor strike — they don’t strike any more!
With Walter Cronkite at a Society of Professional Journalists event in NY. That is Brian Williams in the background.
He worked for NBC for 30 years – 20 years in NY at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Russ’ wife, Audrey, and 2 daughters, Lynn & Leigh.
Son, Joe (living in Lyon, France) and his wife, Geraldine
Joe’s children Charlie Mario & Themis
Son David with wife Kathleen and Russ’ grandson Sammy
Russ with grandson, Thomas
Audrey with son-in-law Bob Maresca