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HISTORIC PHOTO OF THE DAY

This photograph appeared in the Dec. 31, 1942, Marietta Daily Journal with the title, “Honoring A Home Town Boy,” taken by an unidentified photographer showing Guy Northcutt’s father as part of a group meeting with Niles Trammell of New York City. The caption that ran with the image said: “(Marietta) Mayor L.M. Blair and a group of old friends were on hand to welcome Niles Trammell, president of the National Broadcasting Corporation, a former Marietta boy, when he made a brief visit to his old home town yesterday. Trammell was the luncheon guest of Mayor Blair and afterwards was carried on a tour of the big bomber plant and other developments around Marietta. Seated with Trammell is Mayor Blair. Standing from right to left are Morgan McNeel, Judge J.J. Daniell, Ryburn Clay, Guy Northcutt, Eugene McNeel, Jake Northcutt, J.E. Massey, Stanton Read and Otis Brumby Sr. Trammell was impressed with the progress of Marietta and expressed a desire to make another visit when he would have time to see more of his former associates here.”

An article that appeared the day before, Dec. 30, 1942, said: “Greeted by a group of his old ‘gang’ at the office of Mayor L.M. Blair, the years lying between today and his high school days here faded away, as with his old friends they recounted manyexperiences and escapades of the ‘Dirty Dozen Club,’ of their youth. As the distinguished guest was appropriately welcomed on his arrival on the Square by Marietta’s cordon of 15 policemen he was greatly impressed and recalled that in the old days the ‘force’ consisted of two night policemen and two day policemen who always operated in pairs and were always ‘spotted’ by the boys of the crowd. He stated to Mayor Blair that he regretted to note that under his administration conditions in Marietta had become so bad as to need such an increased police force.”

The article went on to say that: “Trammell made his visit here enroute to New York where he has his headquarters as President of the National Broadcasting Corporation. Only in his mid-forties, his success in his chosen profession has been phenomenal. He occupies a major postion recognized internationally as a pioneer and developer of radio broadcasting. ... He served in France during World War I and after the war became associated in radio broadcasting with Major Lohr who was his commanding officer in France and who was President of NBC until his recent retirement.”

Photo courtesy of Guy Northcutt

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