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DON's PHOTO GALLERY

DON HOLDS FORTH ON AMBROSE BIERCE
Speaking before the Bucks County Community College Bookclub (Newtown, PA, campus) as some fifteen people astutely examined the philosophic and literary pretensions of my novel, The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story. November 10, 2016

DTOWN SMALL PRESS EXPO

Don promotes his books at Doylestown (PA) Bookshop's author event on June 25, 2016

DON'S PUBLICATION PARTY 2016

Banter with folk singer Tracy Grammer, who performed at the party on the occasion
of Don's Novel
The Assassination of Ambrose Bierce: A Love Story, June 3, 2016


Reading your cake and eating it too!
Borghi's Restaurant,Chalfont, PA


Don pontificates (as usual)


TWO AUTHORS COMMISERATE

Don with Charles Osgood, CBS Sunday Morning, New Jersey 5/21/16


MUSEUM HOPPING IN PHILADELPHIA

Don with writer and poet Jim Brennan, Barnes Museum, Philadelpha, PA 5/4/16


PITTSBURGH, PA

Duquesne Incline -- September 2015


HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YOU, KID

December 2014


THE OSGOOD FILES

Don with Jean Crafton Osgood & Charles Osgood, CBS Sunday Morning
(Mr. & Mrs. Charles Osgood) New Jersey 10/25/14


WITH BANJO VIRTUOSO TONY TRISCHKA

Don's reunion with the celebrated banjo player at the Sellersville, PA, Theater in 2013
followed a series of banjo lessons in New York many years earlier.
(I still can't pick worth a damn.)


DON MOVIN' STUFF AROUND

Don at chess big time, Cambridge, Eastern Shore, Maryland, 2013


OLD CBS PALS 2013

Ed Salvas, Wes Vernon, Don, Dave Atherton -- October 19, 2013, Teaneck, NJ


OSGOOD AND SWAIM 2012

Don Swaim & Charles Osgood, CBS News, celebrate his book, Oct. 20, 2012, Teaneck, NJ


PEARL S. BUCK PRIZE WINNER

Don wins annual Pearl S. Buck Short Story Award, April 9, 2011.
Pictured with two youth winners at the Pearl S. Buck house, Perkasie, PA.


SAN FRANCISCO

Cable Car -- 2008 -- April and freakin' cold


HOMAGE TO A POET #1 (FROST)

Robert Frost house, Franconia, New Hampshire


HOMAGE TO A POET #2 (SANDBURG)

Carl Sandburg house, Flat Rock, NC


HOMAGE TO A POET #3 (POE)

Grave of Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore


HOMAGE TO A POET #4 (POE)

Edgar Allan Poe house, Baltimore


HOMAGE TO A POET #5 (POE)

Edgar Allan Poe house, Philadelphia


HOMAGE TO A POET #6 (POE)

Edgar Allan Poe house, Philadelphia. House needs work.


HOMAGE TO A POET #7 (WHITMAN)

Walt Whitman house, Camden, NJ


SOMEBODY HAD TO WRITE IT
Swaim's H.L. Mencken Murder Case reprint (St. Martin's Press)

Bill Diehl (ABC News), Don Swaim, Teaneck, NJ -- October 15, 2011


WHERE ALL THE CHILDREN ARE
ABOVE AVERAGE...


Garrison Keillor, Don Swaim -- Ocean Grove, NJ, June 14, 2004


WOUB RADIO, OHIO UNIVERSITY, REUNION 2000

L-R: Tom Andrews, Ridge Shannon, Jim Leckrone, Dean Braun, Dave Wolford, Bill Lewis, Frank Youngwerth,
Don Swaim [Special Events Director] -- Athens, Ohio



CHARLES DICKENS HOUSE, LONDON

Dickens wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby here. August 1999


ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE NEVER DRANK HERE

Homage to the fictional slueth at the Sherlock Holmes Pub, London, 1999


BARD OF BALTIMORE

On the stoop of the H.L. Mencken house, Baltimore. House needed a paint job. 1994.


THOMAS WOLFE HOUSE, ASHEVILLE, NC

Urban "renewal" destroyed all the homes in this section of Asheville -- except the Wolfe house. 1994.


WCBS NEWSROOM, PRODUCER'S DESK - MID 90s
Don, 16th floor, Black Rock, CBS Building, 51 W. 52nd Street, New York

MIGHTA BEEN A TV STAR--1989

I was asked to anchor a TV pilot for a short broadcast sponsored by Walden Books, which would allow me to pontificate and interview authors -- much as I was doing on radio at CBS at the time. The show went nowhere, but above is a still from one of the pilots in which, at the time, I managed a lot of hair (not visible on the radio).


erstwhile anchorman


PRESS CARDS, PRESS CARDS, PRESS CARDS (don't ask)

put in dues as street reporter (and part-time anchor)

BEEFCAKE?

Don, Cape Cod, 1971

DON FIGHTS OFF A PIRATE

Acapulco, Mexico, September 1969


ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Don atop the 20-story Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, Mexico, September 1969



news editor, then producer


BLACK ROCK, NEW YORK

CBS Building, 51 W. 52nd Street, New York. "Up, Up, and Away."
Promotion for a Kansas kid via Ohio.



CLEARING THE WIRES, BALTIMORE

Wire room, WMAR-TV, Channel 2, Baltimore, 1967. Crewcut haircut easy to manage.


INTERVIEWING SPIRO T. AGNEW 1967

In Annapolis interviewing Maryland Governor Agnew, disgraced in a corruption scandal while Nixon's vice-president.
Who knew Agnew (and Nixon) were crooks?



CRUSADING STREET REPORTER, BALTIMORE 1966

Proudly wearing the blazer with the Channel 2 logo inside the CBS eye.


OLDEN DAYS IN BALTIMORE (CBS)

Don [Supervising News Editor], middle, 1966, Channel 2, Baltimore
Far right: Jack Surrick (1927-2012), WMAR-TV assistant news director,
later PR for Richard Nixon's vice-president Spiro T. Agnew


NEWS DIRECTOR, WORK (NBC), YORK, PA
first full-time broadcast news job


Don, awful crew cut, skinny tie -- in newsroom, 1964
Rear: Tim O'Neil, one of the station's three newsmen, at the teletype.



READING THE NEWS IN DELAWARE 1962

WDOV, Dover, Delaware, reading news, commercials, and anything else that went on the air


DON WITH DUKE ELLINGTON 1961
Already interviewing the Big Names!

WDOV-AM, Dover, Delaware (Mutual network), Nov. 18, 1961. The Duke's band was on the road.



WSAZ RADIO-TV, HUNTINGTON W. VA, 1960

Yes, that's skinny Don in a phony captain's hat doing a live remote from Huntington's Camden Park, ca 1960. First full-time job after college graduation (struggling with contact lenses). Anchored weekend radio broadcast based on NBC's "Monitor," an inept talk b'cast, and an all-night dj show. Plus on-camera TV announcing (poorly).

WEEKENDS ALONG THE OHIO RIVER

WJEH, Galliopis, Ohio,1959
announcer on weekends, senior year, while also working at WATH



EARLIEST B'CAST DAYS, OHIO

Don, WATH, Athens, Ohio, 1959
First professional b'cast job, such as it was, working seven days a week, junior and senior years of
college, as announcer and newscaster.



WOUB, OHIO UNIVERSITY 1959

Don, WOUB Special Events Director, 1959, at mic & adding machine
during college station fund-raiser.



WELL-DESERVED PROMOTION AT WOUB

Ohio U Post 1958. The job paid $16.50 a month,
which was welcomed for a student in 1958.


WOUB, OHIO UNIVERSITY RADIO PALS 1958

l-r: Martin Schmeltz (Howard), Dave Chase, Don Swaim, Will Kitchen.
Three of the four went into broadcasting -- but intelligent Will became a VW dealer in Columbus.



FIRST BYLINE -- IN THE WELDER



Worked two summers during college at the Spang-Chalfont steel plant [now defunct], Etna, PA,
on the house organ,
The Welder, receiving first byline. Page eleven, but what the hell.


BUDDING PRINT JOURNALIST, PITTSBURGH

Don, Sharpsburg Herald, PA, 1955
Worked for trolley fare at local weekly newspaper summer after graduation.
Shown here collating a local magazine pubished in the paper's print shop.



SPURNED AS HIGH SCHOOL'S TOP EDITOR

Don's 1955 yearbook photo, Aspinwall High School, PA.
He was sports sditor of the student newspaper,
The Cavalcade,
when he should have been appointed the paper's editor-in-chief. (He got over it.)

FIRST BROADCAST APPEARANCE 1950
Don, age 14, member of a local Boy Scout troupe in Toledo, Ohio, which performed on a live Saturday morning radio show called "The Boy Scout Buckskin Scout-A-Roos," WSPD Radio. Don also had a role on another live radio show for kids, "Outdoor Adventures with Uncle Jim." Here, Don (and other Scout cast members) are interviewed on WSPD-TV. Don's father took the picture by photographing the TV screen.
Fame & fortune escaped this kid -- but what the hell?
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