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Post by greybelt 1/31/2021, 2:02 pm

UPDATED (hat tip... lasombra!)
There are five four "new" Big Story episodes that will be posted... For this and tomorrow's post, we have upgrades to some circulating episodes that were posted previously. For convenience, the links to the original historical posts with details about the real-life events behind the "fictionalized true stories" are provided. Enjoy!

Big Story 47-11-26 (035) Unfinished Love Song [HowardBeaufait,ClevelandNews]UPGRADE.mp3
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Big Story 48-05-12 (059) Pt2ONLY COT Lucky Long Shot [Indianapolis Star, Robert Early] UPG.mp3
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Big Story 48-06-30 (066) Pt1ONLY HateBetweenBrother&Sister [StLouisGlobeDemocrat AlbertBHendry] UPG.mp3
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Big Story 48-07-07 (067) Pt2ONLY Woman Was a Witch [TulsaTribune,GeorgeClevelandBullette] UPG.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr 1/31/2021, 2:07 pm

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Post by greybelt 2/1/2021, 12:11 pm

This is the second batch of upgrades along with links to the real-life stories that were fictionalized on the series. Tomorrow... the first of the FOUR newly found recordings and their fascinating backstories...

Big Story 50-11-08 (189) BobbySoxHustling,GirlGangs&Vice [NYJnlAmerican,PaulSchoenstein] UPGRADE.mp3
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Big Story 51-04-04 (210) Poker Game Ends In Death [WmEDoherty,ChicagoSunTimes] AFRS UPGRADE.mp3
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Big Story 52-03-19 (260) ReporterRisksLifeToAvengeFriendsMurder[AlanCopperthwaite HelenaMTIndRec]UPG.mp3
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Big Story 54-01-27 (337) Too Terrible to Be Believed [Arthur Mielke, Washington Times-Herald] UPGRADE.mp3
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Post by artatoldotr 2/1/2021, 2:40 pm

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Post by greybelt 2/2/2021, 1:23 pm

This Big Story episode about the strangling of a divorcee in Seattle has stumped this researcher. Reporter Stuart Whitehouse had only a relatively short career as a reporter, becoming a freelance writer for various western and detective magazines and writing some novels. When it came time to publicizing the show's broadcast, only the broadcast time, station, and rough plotline were mentioned.

For most Big Story episodes the newspaper that employed the reporter was pleased to make a big deal about it all and usually provided enough references in the broadcast announcement to guide the search for the original facts. If the story was done on the TV version, that provided another trail of research breadcrumbs. Many times the reporter's obituary would mention being selected for The Big Story as a highlight of their career.

But Whitehouse had left the paper and news reporting years before the broadcast. He seems to have died alone, with no such recognition, about a decade after a family tragedy.

Big Story 52-01-09 (250) The Cord Around Her Neck [Stuart Whitehouse, WSeattleTimes] AFRS#131.mp3
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1952-01-09 Indianapolis IN Star
The Big Story - Page 8 1952-107

1952-01-09 Los Angeles CA Evening Citizen News
The Big Story - Page 8 1952-108

1952-01-09 Miami FL News
The Big Story - Page 8 1952-109

1952-01-09 Tucson AZ Daily Star
The Big Story - Page 8 1952-131

1952-01-10 West Seattle WA Herald
Whitehouse worked for the paper, but the events he recorded were many, many years ago...
and it's likely no one at the paper remembered exactly what the original story was, even in 1952,
and saw little reason to make a fuss over a reporter who was no longer there.
The Big Story - Page 8 1952-132

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Whitehouse was a longtime Washington state resident...
and got his name in the paper when he was in kindergarten!

1909-05-22 Walla Walla WA Evening Statesman
The Big Story - Page 8 1909-010

One of his news reports, this one about a new prison
1931-12-30 Spokane WA Chronicle
The Big Story - Page 8 1931-118

Here's a reference to one of his freelance gigs...
1949-09-24 Spokane WA Spokesman-Review
The Big Story - Page 8 1949-248

1950-12-28 Honolulu HI Advertiser
Here are Mr. & Mrs. Whitehouse on vacation in Hawaii...
with his name spelled incorrectly
The Big Story - Page 8 1950-177

This is the tragic news...

1954-02-11 Longview WA Daily News
The Big Story - Page 8 1954-083

There's really no further mention of Whitehouse
in the papers until his passing...

1964-02-08 Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 8 1964-010

1964-02-09 Kansas City MO Star
The Big Story - Page 8 1964-011

1964-02-10 Fresno CA Bee Republican

The Big Story - Page 8 1964-012

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In the process of researching this incident and Whitehouse, I had contact with the owners of the current newspaper publisher that owns the West Seattle archives (https://www.westsideseattle.com). They said the archives are far from complete, with much missing. They have no business records of the years that Whitehouse was there.
I have no other mention of Stuart Whitehouse in our publication base on an incomplete number of scanned volumes, 1924 being one of them. We have 1926-27, '29 and '30 but found no reference to Stuart in any of those.

They wished us well...

Because it was not always the policy to give reporters bylines, the Whitehouse story may be anonymous. I thought for sure that some other paper in Seattle would cover such a gruesome story, and tried many many search terms and combinations in newspapers.com and in smalltownpapers.com. No luck. As best as can be determined, the story was not done in the television series.

My best estimate is that the original story is between the years 1925 to 1935, his early years as a reporter. He may have also used the story as the basis one of his detective magazine assignments. I am not aware of him doing any writing under a pseudonym, but many freelancers did in those times.

If anyone can find this underlying story, that assistance is always appreciated.

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Post by greybelt 2/3/2021, 1:15 pm

Today's post is a happier story, and may be the only episode episode that did not focus on tragedy or criminal wrongdoing. And... it involves a beloved reporter in the community... who had a long career at the paper...

This is an AFRS recording that was in the Hehn reels. Another special aspect of it is that at 23:30 we hear the real-life boy who is the focus of the story!

Big Story 53-04-01 (307) The Miracle Phone Call [DorothyPaterson,PatersonNJMorningCall].mp3
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1953-03-29 St Louis MO Globe Democrat
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-068

1953-04-01 Alexandria LA Town Talk
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-067

1953-04-01 Miami FL News
The show's listing and part of a station ad on the same page
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-066

The Big Story - Page 8 1953-065

1953-04-01 Tampa Bay FL Times
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-064

Here's the story... "Pat Paterson," real name "Dorothy," was working at her local paper and became familiar with the family of a sick boy who needed special treatment for a deadly disease. It was costly, and she was moved to action by telling the story and making a plea for help. The response was far greater than expected... and the "Save-A-Child" fund in Paterson, NJ began to help other children in similar situations. It wasn't just solicitations for money, it became happy events such as dances, socials, and other occasions that kept the program active and successful, and increased the cohesive nature that charity initiatives create in a city.

1947-03-22 Paterson NJ Morning Call
Is "Penny Pennington" really "Pat Paterson" who is really our hero reporter Dorothy Paterson-Rude?
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-313

1947-03-24 Paterson NJ News
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-312

1947-09-27 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-311

1953-02-20 Paterson NJ Morning Call
It's announced that the story will be used on television for hit show, The Big Story. It was not to pass... the decision was changed to have a radio dramatization instead...
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-063

1953-04-02 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The radio broadcast was heard on April 1, 1953...
and the publicity was helpful to the cause
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-062

1953-07-16 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-061

1955-05-11 Paterson NJ Morning Call
Finally, the story is to be told on national television
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-025

1955-05-12 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-024

1955-05-12 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-023

1955-05-20 Richmond VA Dispatch
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-022

1955-05-20 Rock Island IL Argus
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-021

1955-05-21 Paterson NJ Morning Call
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-020

1977-01-19 Paterson NJ News
"Pat" retires after many years with the paper... the paper itself would "retire" and close in 1987...
"30" is what would be at the bottom of draft articles to tell the Linotype operators that it was
the end of the piece. It was sometimes signified as "###" or "XXX" and was based on Western
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Note that Dorothy was a foundling, anonymously put up for adoption at the door of a church.
Was that what drove her devotion to the charitable activities of her city?
The Big Story - Page 8 1977-010

1982-10-13 Passaic NJ Herald-News
Almost 6 years later, "Pat" passes away
The Big Story - Page 8 1982-110

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Post by artatoldotr 2/3/2021, 2:36 pm

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Big Story 53-09-30 (320) Back From the Dead [JosephBrowne,PittsburghSunTelegraph].mp3
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1953-09-25 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
This is different... because of the reporter tracking down this "big story,"
he ends up meeting the person whom he would marry and start a family!
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-069

1953-09-26 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-070

1953-09-30 Camden NJ Courier-Post
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-071

1953-09-30 Dayton OH Journal Herald
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-072

1953-09-30 Los Angeles CA Evening Citizen News
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-073

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This may be a "big" story, but it is pretty straightforward. A divorcee is killed by her ex, and leaves a baby son behind. The authorities come to the quick, and accurate conclusion that it's definitely the ex-husband, but he has skipped town and evades apprehension for eight months. He misses the baby son, so he turns himself in. By pleading guilty, he avoids the electric chair.

1947-12-06 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-314

1947-12-06 Pittsburgh PA Press
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-317

1947-12-07 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-315

1947-12-08 Wilkes-Barre PA Leader
The Big Story - Page 8 1947-316

1948-01-30 Latrobe PA Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 8 1948-217

1948-01-30 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1948-224

1948-07-28 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1948-219

1948-09-11 Pittsburgh PA Press
He avoids "the chair"
The Big Story - Page 8 1948-222

1948-09-11 Pittsburgh PA Sun-Telegraph
The Big Story - Page 8 1948-223

1994-04-07 Indiana PA Gazette
His accolades from The Big Story are not mentioned in his obituary;
he's been out of the hard news racket for so long, it is possible no one
was left on the staff who remembered it. They only remembered the "light news"
gig he had in the most recent years.
The Big Story - Page 8 1994-010

1994-04-08 Pittsburgh PA Post-Gazette
Remember that girl who worked in the diner where Joe used to go
to ponder the details of this story? They were married for over 40
years and had a family of five kids. Maybe that's the real "big story."
The Big Story - Page 8 1994-011

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Post by greybelt 2/5/2021, 1:05 am

Posted early... enjoy! This is the last of the Big Story upgrades and new programs. In a couple of days, Suspense will begin again... see you there...

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This is one of the reporters who had his "big story" in a news position earlier in his career at a different paper. It's a terrible story of deadly forest fire by arson. The event came to be studied for years by forest management professionals. For more details about the fire, Wikipedia has an entry [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and there is also information at this site [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] and at this site [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Information about the reporter Charles Gleeson just dries up after the broadcast of his story on television. After his "big story" goes nationwide, the research trail evaporates. If anyone find information about him after these times, it would be greatly appreciated.

Big Story 54-10-06 (360) The Ugly Story of a Man [CharlesGleeson,WillowsJournal].mp3
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1954-10-06 Shreveport LA Journal
The Big Story - Page 8 1954-122

1954-10-06 Tampa Bay FL Times
The Big Story - Page 8 1954-123

1955-04-23 Sacramento CA Bee
The producers thought the story was compelling
enough to be featured on the TV series.
The Big Story - Page 8 1955-026

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The story is simple and the result is horrifying: a pyromaniac sets a fire so he can help put it out, and it rages out of control quickly, killing many who could not be rescued in time. Today, the arsonist may have been treated for depression based on comments in some of the articles, which might have prevented such a horrible event.

1953-07-10 Pomona CA Progress Bulletin
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-074

1953-07-10 Sacramento CA Bee
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-075

1953-07-10 Santa Rosa CA Press Democrat
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-076

1953-07-11 San Raphael CA Daily Independent Journal
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-077

1953-07-12 Santa Rosa CA Press Democrat
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-078

1953-07-12 Santa Rosa CA Press Democrat
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-079

1953-07-13 Sacramento CA Bee
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-080

1953-08-09 Santa Rosa CA Press Democrat
The Big Story - Page 8 1953-081

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Post by mjnunes84 2/5/2021, 2:57 am

Very impressive research, greybelt. Thank you!

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