The great American adventure started for Leach on November 23, 1963. That’s when the British-born journalist and future, celebrated bon vivant arrived in Manhattan and found himself, like so many others before and since, a very long way from anything rich or famous:
I sailed into Manhattan Harbor onboard the Queen Mary and landed with no job and contacts and just $135 in my pocket. My first lodging was in a rundown hotel for $27 a week with the bathroom down the end of a corridor of beds.
It took me two days to get a job and, after selling shoes at a New York City department store, landed back in journalism at the Daily News of New York.
Did you know that Leach was CNN’s very first on-site reporter at the Oscars? The veteran print and TV personality, now firmly ensconced on the Vegas Strip, shared that and more in his Friday Las Vegas Sun “Vegas Deluxe” dispatch. Happy anniversary Mr. Leach!
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An Editor’s Note That Screams Rich and Famous Synchronicity