|Gillean Smith with Helen Thomas (2010)|
A Bill Friday interview.
BILL FRIDAY: Just to let you know, I’ve spent quite a few days going over your decidedly intimidating family history.
GILLEAN SMITH: Funny. In school, no one knew of my family and who they were. I was just another student.
Gillean’s famous relatives include her late father, Albert Merriman Smith, known to most as “Smitty,” who was Dean of the White House Press Corp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for his written account of the death of President John F. Kennedy and the man who ended every press conference with, “Thank you, Mr. President.” Her step-brother also happens to be General Stanley A. McChrystal (ret.), the former Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, until he was relieved of his command by President Barack Obama in July of this year.
FRIDAY: Before we go any further, is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
GILLEAN: First you should know that I am directionally, technologically and mathematically challenged. I don't like needles. I don't do well at the sight of blood...
FRIDAY: Growing up, did anybody know about your family background?