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Horowitz Reassuring in Tragedy

August 29, 1992

Steve Weinstein's coverage of David Horowitz's demise at KNBC ("KNBC Drops Horowitz, Consumer Unit," Aug. 22) neglected to mention something just as important and noteworthy as his consumer activism.

It was Feb. 9, 1971, and a 6.4 earthquake had just decimated the San Fernando Valley. There was widespread damage and death.

KNBC was without power in the studio, but, from a remote battery-operated spot in the parking lot, Horowitz anchored hours of earthquake reporting, accurately conveying what was happening and doing it in a calm, reassuring voice.

I still remember that morning and the job Horowitz did. Some in the industry should look up a tape of that morning before reporting live the next time we have an earthquake.

WALTER HOEFFLIN, Seal Beach

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