Nestled in the heart of Hickory, Miss., is the home of 81-year-old Olive Meaders. For the past 22 years, Meaders joined millions nationwide in welcoming longtime World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings not only into her home, but also her heart.
Since his early start on ABC, Meaders says she faithfully watched Jennings blossom. She says he truly bloomed in the early 1980s when he reported on the death of a child in New York.
"It touched him so much and he went on to describe in his way what a terrible, terrible thing to happen to a child. He actually had those tears on his face and it made me cry," said Meaders.
That led Meaders to write to Jennings and he wrote her back.
"I was thrilled. I couldn't believe it. I had other letters from ABC, but none from anyone like him," said Meaders.
The letter from 1984 is framed and has a special place in her house.
It was through his eyes that Meaders says she saw the world, and it was his confident, capable and compassionate spirit that kept her watching night after night.
"He just appealed to me after that because I knew he was a man with a big heart," Meaders said.
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