Great men and women still exist in journalism, but many of the greatest generation are dying out. An example of this was a memorial service held on March 21, 2015 for the great CBS newsman Richard C. Hottelet. He was the last of the Murrow Boys -- chosen and trained by Edward R. Murrow. Hottelet died in December at the age of 97.
About 75 people came to the National Press Club on a Saturday morning to reminisce and pay tribute. The event was sponsored by the Club, George Washington University, CBS News, and the University of Maryland University College. Speeches were delivered by family members and great reporters. They included Marvin Kalb, Bob Schieffer, Sam Litzinger, Michael Freedman and others. They recounted Hottelet's four months in a Gestapo prison and other harrowing experiences during World War II and talked about his long years of covering the United Nations, where many of the same battles are being fought today. They also said this was a man who warned about the problems of a 24-hour news cycle, cautioned "buyer beware," and said "I tried."