Carl Laemmle

Tom Brokaw gets his name on NBC facility; newsman fighting cancer

Tom Brokaw fondly remembers the seven years he spent in Los Angeles broadcasting KNBC-TV Channel 4's late local news.

He arrived in Los Angeles in 1966, in his first NBC News correspondent job, as California was booming. He and his wife built a house at Venice Beach for $105,000. He would ride to assignments on the back of a motorcycle driven by a KNBC cameraman. One day a child greeted him by sliding down NBC's Burbank studio halls — it was Michael Jackson. There he also encountered a Hollywood cowboy, John Wayne, who told him: "Watch ya every night, kid."

"It was very hard to leave Los Angeles — even to go cover the White House and Watergate," Brokaw said...