Remembering Bill Plante and How We Re-created ‘Star Wars’ Bar Scene at WH

The death Wednesday of veteran CBS-TV White House correspondent Bill Plante at 84 was a harsh blow to those of us who were proud to call him a colleague.

Plante, as the torrent of tributes that followed his death made clear, had just about seen it all — and reported it. After several years as a radio newscaster in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, the young Plante moved into television in the 1960s.

He interviewed Martin Luther King Jr. as King marched for civil rights, covered the Vietnam War in the elephant grass of Southeast Asia, as well as the protests in the streets at home, and reported on presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama.

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