By Her TV Absence, Barbara Walters Reminds Us of Her True Greatness

August 22, 2014 4:39 PM

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By Her TV Absence, Barbara Walters Reminds Us of Her True Greatness

On June 9, 1977, a sweltering evening a few months before my 13th birthday, a monumental event was taking place in my home in the suburbs of Miami: My parents, my siblings and I gathered to watch ABC News' superstar journalist, Barbara Walters, conduct a free-form, two-hour interview with Cuba's pompous dictator, Fidel Castro, a first for American television.

This news special was impossibly epic, an earth-shatteringly important moment for my Cuban-born parents who fled their beloved homeland precisely because of the draconian policies Castro implemented when he took power decades earlier. And as my family and I held our collective breath to see if Walte...

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