Benét remembered

December 19, 2012

Spanish Civil War veteran Jim Benét, who passed away earlier this week, “drank several times alongside writer Ernest Hemingway,” Brett Wilkison writes for the Press Democrat:

He forged his own path as a respected newspaper and TV reporter in the Bay Area, covering the Free Speech movement on the UC Berkeley campus in the early 1960s and two decades of upheaval that would follow in college and political worlds. …

Because of his early political involvement and wartime work as a reporter for TASS, the Soviet news agency, he was among those called by the House on Un-American Activities Committee when it visited San Francisco in 1960. His work for TASS and the Soviets — an ally in World War II — had been sanctioned by the U.S. but a decade later came under heavy suspicion.

Read the whole obit here.