PORT ARTHUR —
Lamar State College - Port Arthur has cancelled tonight’s Fall 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series event because keynote speaker Dan Rather is ill with laryngitis.
The college plans to reschedule, but does not yet have a firm date.
Gary Dickert, Lamar PA public information coordinator, said the date would depend on Rather’s schedule.
A Texas native, Rather is best known for his long tenure as anchor of the television programs “60 Minutes” and “The CBS Evening News.” But before the entire nation knew his name, Rather studied journalism at Sam Houston State Teacher’s College. During his time as an undergraduate, he pulled double duty as high school sports reporter and disc jokey at a local station, KSAM. After graduation, he worked for a number of publications, including The Associated Press and The Houston Chronicle, before landing on television in 1959 as a reporter for KTRK-TV, the ABC affiliate in Houston. That kicked off a television career that spanned more than 60 years, during which he reported on landmark American events such as the 1961 landfall of Hurricane Carla in Galveston and the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Since 1994, mass communications students at Sam Houston State University have taken classes in the Dan Rather Building.