His coverage in 1965 included traveling aboard the TWA plane the Pope used. Best and Glendenning were among media members accompanying the Pope as he returned to Rome.
It was not unusual for local TV stations to do national or international stories in the early days of TV news.
Networks covered big stories but local news departments got more bang for their buck. Network newcasts could offer a story of a minute or two. ABC, for example, only offered a 15-minute nightly newscast anchored by a 26-year-old Peter Jennings.
Best does a play-by-play of the Pope greeting the media on the plane. He also does a stand up explaining Pope Paul VI gave a blessing to the viewers of Cleveland but his holiness was too close to the camera so it didn’t work out.
Best and Glendenning filed stories from Rome for a few days before returning to Cleveland.
The video in our player is a quick compilation Father Best and the station used for an entry in the Gabriel Award.
The Gabriel Awards recognize positive film or television productions and are sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The awards, coincidentally, began in 1965, the year of Father Best's coverage.