Journalist Eric Sevareid remembered in his hometown

2008-04-25T19:00:00Z Journalist Eric Sevareid remembered in his hometown Bismarck Tribune
April 25, 2008 7:00 pm

VELVA (AP) - Residents of Velva are joining the Postal Service in remembering native son Eric Sevareid.

Mark Lorenz was among the first in line to get a postcard featuring the new Eric Sevareid postage stamp at a stamp cancellation event in the community this week.

"I grew up five houses from Eric Sevareid's house here in town. It's just a part of history," Lorenz said.

The Velva post office and Velva Public Library joined in the stamp cancellation event. The Sevareid stamp is one in a series issued by the Postal Service to honor American journalists.

Sevareid is remembered for his reporting on World War II and the Vietnam War and for his commentary on American politics in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963, he joined Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News. He retired in 1977.

Velva residents say the CBS newsman, who died in 1992, never forgot his roots. He was born in Velva in 1912 and his family moved to the Minneapolis area in the 1920s after the Velva bank failed.

A booth in Velva this week offered the Sevareid stamp and a special souvenir postcard.

The library had 500 postcards for sale, and Postmaster Doran Weigel hand-stamped cancellations.

Weigel said he got requests from around the country for stamp cancellations. Velva librarian Iris Swedlund said one of them was an e-mail from the Cronkite family.

Swedlund said the library plans to use proceeds from the stamp cancellation event to enhance the Sevareid display at the library.

Sevareid stayed in touch with Velva residents. His childhood crush on Helen Bloomquist Kramer led to a lifetime of correspondence, said her son, Mike Kramer of Minot.

Kramer recalls meeting Sevareid a number of times when he came back to Velva.

"He was a grand presence. He really filled a room with his presence and quiet power," he said. "I was always in awe of him."

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