Edward R. Murrow, 1908-1965, according to the plaque at the base of the sculpture was a "pioneer in broadcast journalism and Guilford County native." Murrow, the son of local Quakers, was known for his on-the-scene reporting from Europe, especially during the blitz of London in World War II. He produced a series of television news reports that contributed to the eventual political downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was the director of the United States Information Agency under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
The above sculpture was made by Ogden Deal and commissioned by Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and Cumberland Development Corporation in 1970. We love this "larger than life" sculpture off of Church Street on the property of the Greensboro Historical Museum and very near the underused Murrow Boulevard.
Wonder what Murrow would say about all the changes in journalism today? Anyone with a computer (and a camera???) calls themself a journalist. Newspaper reading has gone from a sacred, much-anticipated daily ritual in all households to something associated with the older generation.
Regarding today's photo--from a photographer's perspective: We love the scale the sculpture balanced with the diminutive appearance of the car lot in the background. At first the wires in the background bothered us. Then, we decided that having communication continually flowing through Mr. Morrow's head was part of the sculptor's intent!
So, in the words of Ed Murrow, repeated nightly by Keith Olbermann as a tribute to his idol, "Good night and good luck!"
Addendum: After the "Easter Island" comments we went back to view this sculpture of Murrow again. It is not nearly as large as it seems in this picture. The camera lens had a fisheye effect! If you are local, we hope you will go and see it for yourself!