Blue Dot 186: A SPACE JOURNALISM LEGEND -- In Conversation in Jim Hartz

Aug 21, 2020

Jim Hartz with Today Show Co Host Barbara Walters.
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Dave talks to legendary NBC anchor and correspondent Jim Hartz. While perhaps best known for co-hosting the Today Show for two years from 1974-1976, our interest is in his incredible expertise as one of the leading journalists that covered the space program from the Gemini Program in 1966 through the first Space Shuttle Flight in 1980. 


Hartz was and is widely respected for his incredible attention to detail and preparation in covering NASA's Apollo Program which he describes as the greatest story he ever covered. 


Jim shares many fascinating inside stories about the most dramatic moments of the space program from his baptism by fire being called on to fill in for anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley when the Gemini VIII mission commanded by Neil Armstrong nearly became a tragedy to the crewed lunar missions from 1968-72 and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975 and the maiden flight of the shuttle Columbia in 1980. It's a blast from the past with a man who lived the stories and remembers them well!