Texas Almanac, 1970-1971 Page: 40
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II he trained in Texas as an Air Force glider pilot.
His career has spanned all aspects of local,
regional and national radio and television. He joined
the WFAA sales staff in the early days of television
and has been local sales manager, commercial man-
ager and became station manager of television in
1958. In 1960 he assumed the position of general
manager of WFAA Radio and Television and in 1968
was elected to the A. H. Belo Corporation board of
He is past president of the Association of Broad-
casting Executives of Texas and was the 1962 recipi-
ent of the ABET "Betty Award" for outstanding
broadcaster. He has served as chairman of the
ABC-TV Affiliates Association, chairman of the TV
board of directors of the National Association of
Broadcasters and a member of the board of directors
of the NAB Code Authority.
Maurice E. Purnell
The corporation's general counsel was elected to
the board of directors in 1950. A native of the city,
he attended Dallas public schools and Terrill School
for Boys. He was awarded a B.A. by Southern Meth-
odist University in 1925 and his Bachelor of Laws
from Harvard University in 1928.
MAURICE E. PURNELL
He has practiced in Dallas since 1928 and is now
senior partner of Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney and
Neely, with A. H. Belo Corporation as one of the
clients of that firm. In 1939 Mr. Purnell directed the
corporation's wage-and-hour case in which the Su-
preme Court of the United States upheld The News.
A. Earl Cullum Jr.
Mr. Cullum heads a firm of radio and television
consulting engineers with headquarters in Dallas.
Early in his career he was on the technical staff of
WFAA and thereafter WFAA was a client of his. He
became a director of A. H. Belo Corporation in 1960.
A native of Abilene, he has lived in Dallas since
1911. He attended SMU and received his B.S. from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He was awarded the Presidential Certificate of
Merit for his World War II services in radio and
electronics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Elec-
trical and Electronic Engineers.
Mr. Cullum has been active in many professional,
civic and educational programs, including those of
SMU Foundation for Science and Engineering, Area
Educational Television Foundation, Dallas Chamber
of Commerce, St. Mark's School, Southwest Center
for Advanced Studies, Hockaday School, Dallas-Fort
Worth Airport Board and others.
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A. EARL CULLUM JR.
Dallas Gordon Rupe
This investment banker, a member of the New
York Stock Exchange, is chairman of the board of
the investment banking firm of Dallas Rupe & Son,
Inc. He began his business career with the establish-
ment of the father-and-son firm of Dallas Rupe &
Son in 1929. In a highly successful career he has been
identified with many of the largest financing projects
in Texas. In addition to his private business he has
been a supporter and leader in many Dallas civic,
cultural and charitable enterprises. He was made a
member of the board of directors of The News in 1960.
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DALLAS GORDON RUPE
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