There have been many deaths in the entertainment industry this year, and most of them are due to medical conditions. We lost another great icon in the media recently, and it seems that a common culprit was the cause.
According to Current Movie Reviews, veteran “48 Hours” correspondent Harold Dow died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. Dow’s cause of death has not been officially released, though authorities believe it was asthma-related. Dow was in the hospital on Aug. 16 for a severe asthma attack due to having adult-onset asthma. Dow was a member of “48 Hours” for years, and worked at CBS for over 40 years. Dow was only 62 when he died, but he leaves behind a legacy of hardworking journalism that no one could ever surpass.
I have many memories of Dow’s work as a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours” throughout the years. The most memorable aspect of Dow’s career I remember was his interview with O.J. Simpson following the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. The interview with Simpson was the first network interview that anyone had seen since the murders had occurred. Although I was young when this originally was on television, I have seen it many times since then.
The interview with Simpson was like something out of a novel, because here was Dow sitting with someone suspected of murdering two people. The interview was very tense, since this was the first time Simpson had sat down with anyone to talk about his ex-wife and her murder. This interview was special because Dow really showed his integrity and respect for journalism during his time with Simpson. Everyone seemed to be interested in what Simpson had to say for himself, and Dow was the one person who got that interview for the world. The interview with Simpson was one of the biggest highlights of Dow’s career, and it made him a true legend in journalism. Simpson has always been an interesting character to watch through the years, and the Dow interview remains very intriguing to this day.
I will also remember how honest and selfless Dow was, even through the tough segments on “48 Hours.” “48 Hours” often dealt with many hard topics and issues, but Dow always remained honest and respectful through them all. He was selfless in the way he presented his material, never just looking for an answer to get ratings. He reported both sides of the issue in a clear and concise manner, regardless of the outcome. You can see that in the interview with Simpson, as well as in a 1976 interview with Patricia Hearst.
Hearst was a kidnapping victim who talked exclusively with Dow back in December of 1976. This interview was very hard for Dow because he was still a young reporter with only a few years of experience. The interview was filled with emotions as Hearst described her ordeal as a kidnapping victim and how it had changed her life. This was a very emotional interview for both of them as Dow asked the tough questions. Hearst was not known to speak to the media after her kidnapping, but did agree to that exclusive interview with Dow. This was probably the moment that pushed Dow’s career into the mainstream, since the Hearst case made national media news. I will remember the respect and courtesy he showed Hearst, and the caring look he had on his face the whole time. We all have our favorite memories regarding the show “48 Hours,” and Dow and those memories will live on in our heart.
Dave Schuster, “Harold Dow Cause of Death Likely to Be Asthma Related”, Current Movie Reviews