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date: 20 November 2019

Trout, Robertlocked

(15 October 1909–14 November 2000)
  • David Marc

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Trout, Robert (15 October 1909–14 November 2000), broadcast journalist, was born Robert Albert Blondheim in Wake County, North Carolina, near Raleigh, the only child of Louis Blondheim and Juliette Mabee Blondheim, farmers. When Trout was nine the family moved to Washington, D.C., where his father opened a shoe store. He attended public schools and was, by his own account, not much interested in his studies. He had no aspirations of becoming a journalist. He did develop an early passion for radio and later recalled, “When I was supposed to be asleep at night, I was often in bed with the light out listening to my little [homemade] crystal set” (interview by Ron Simon, Scheuer Collection). Trout credited radio with awakening a desire in him to know more of the world. He made several attempts to run away from home and spent a summer as a cabin boy on a transatlantic passenger ship....

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