New York: (December), circa .. .. - A letter penned in blue ink and filling both sides of a sheet of his personalized letterhead, approximately 7 inches high by 6-1/4 inches wide. Undated but "12/13" has been noted in another hand and the year was around 1968. Signed "David." The letterhead is very lightly bumped. Folded 3 times for mailing. Very good.
An amusingly frustrated letter about the difficulties of setting up an interview with Charles De Gaulle, to whom Schoenbrun refers throughout as if he were royalty: "My friends at Court are still hoping to set a firm date for an Audience. I cannot go on a maybe basis but He does not like to set firm dates in advance....If and when it is arranged and I actually see Him, then there is the agony of having the Audience authorized as an interview. I managed it in 1959 by devious means -- 'a literary conversation about His Memoirs'...". The letter is addressed to "Don", probably Don Hewitt, who was a CBS television news producer in the '50s and '60s, and was the creator of "60 Minutes". There is a pencil notation above the body of the letter: "FYI -- Don".
David Schoenbrun [1915-1988], joined CBS television news in 1947 and was one of Edward R. Murrow's original news team. Fred W. Friendly, who worked with Schoenbrun said of him: "There were people who were more handsome. There were people with more charisma, and people who better understood the chemistry of television. But nobody ever covered Paris and Charles de Gaulle as well as he did." Dust jacket present.