Lowell Thomas
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1892
Date of Death: 1981
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Journalist, Broadcaster, Author of Non-Fiction, Poet
Spouse: Fran Ryan (died 1975);
Marianna Munn
Children: Lowell Thomas, Jr.
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Armistice
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Days of Infamy
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Coup d'Etat;
Two Fronts;
Last Orders
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)

Lowell Jackson Thomas (April 6, 1892 - August 29, 1981) was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveller.

Lowell Thomas in The Hot War[]

In June 1952, Lowell Thomas broadcast the news of President Harry Truman's offer to General Secretary Lavrenti Beria of a status quo ante bellum peace agreement to end World War III, and recited the Humpty Dumpty metaphor which the President had made.[1]

Lowell Thomas in Days of Infamy[]

In June 1942, Lowell Thomas was working as a radio announcer. It was his sad duty to report that the initial American invasion to retake Hawaii from the Empire of Japan was a disaster, listing three ships sunk. He also reported on German troop movements in the Soviet Union and North Africa.[2]

Lowell Thomas in The War That Came Early[]

Lowell Thomas broadcast and commented upon the third inauguration of President Frankin D. Roosevelt on January 20, 1941. This came just a week after Japan declared war on the United States. Thomas also broadcast the speech Roosevelt made, in which he assured the American people that the U.S. would defeat Japan, that it would not be involved in Europe, and that the USA must become strong enough to never fear defeat by another country.[3]

In 1942, Thomas covered the mid-term Congressional elections, noting that the Democrats had lost some ground, but still held the majority, and that foreign policy would not be shifting.[4]

In 1944, Thomas reported on the assassination of Ivan Koniev in Kaunas, Lithuana, the continued cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, U.S. bombing raids on Wake Island, and submarine attacks on the Japanese Empire proper.[5]


  1. Armistice, pgs. 91-92, ebook
  2. Days of Infamy, pgs. 428-430.
  3. Coup d'Etat, pgs. 7-10, HC.
  4. Two Fronts, pg. 199, HC.
  5. Last Orders, pgs. 373-375.