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Pioneering Peacock newsman Frank Bourgholtzer died Oct. 8 in Santa Monica. He was 90.

As the first full-time White House correspondent for NBC News, Bourgholtzer covered President Truman from 1947-53. He even got the president to play the piano on live television once.

Bourgholtzer joined the Peacock net’s fledlging TV news service in 1946.

During the Cold War he worked in Europe for NBC as bureau chief in Paris, Bonn, Vienna and Moscow during the height of the Cold War in the 1950s. He moved to the network’s Los Angeles bureau in 1969, from where he reported until his retirement in 1986.

NBC’s Brian Williams in an on-air tribute called him “a renaissance man, elegant, down to earth and an exceptional reporter.”