29 Facts About Jules Bergman


Jules Bergman was an American broadcast writer and journalist who served as science editor for ABC News from 1961 until his death in 1987.


Jules Bergman is most remembered for his coverage of the American space program.


Jules Bergman began his journalism career in 1949 at Time magazine.


Jules Bergman briefly worked at CBS News, then joined the news staff of WFDR-FM in New York, eventually becoming the station's assistant news director.


Jules Bergman joined ABC News as a writer in 1953, specializing in science issues.


Jules Bergman was named Science Editor in 1961, the same year that the first manned Vostok and Mercury flights took place.


Jules Bergman was pressed into service as a general assignment reporter on some special occasions.


For example, after the assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22,1963, Bergman was sent to New York's Times Square to report on citizens' reactions to the President's death.


Jules Bergman began covering developments in space exploration during the 1950s.


Jules Bergman's reporting for ABC was noted for its direct style.


In contrast to the more avuncular style of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, Jules Bergman's reporting took a very serious tone, and was very direct about the possible consequences of any mishaps or accidents that took place during a spaceflight, such as the Apollo 13 accident.


Jules Bergman later covered the missions of NASA's unmanned space probes, notably the Viking and Voyager programs.


Jules Bergman covered the Space Shuttle program from its first flights through the 1986 Challenger disaster.


Jules Bergman then told a junior Senator on the Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee, Walter Mondale, about the document, and later reported its existence on ABC.


Jules Bergman reported on such issues as organ transplantation, arthritis, communicable diseases, the hazards of asbestos, and advances in the treatment of cancer.


Jules Bergman wrote Ninety Seconds to Space: The Story of the X-15.


Jules Bergman was particularly well known for his reportage on aviation and defense matters.


Jules Bergman began training for his private pilot certificate in 1958, and turned the story of his flight training into an instructional book, Anyone Can Fly.


Jules Bergman reported on major aviation developments and disasters for ABC, and covered the development of new weapons systems for the military of the United States.


Jules Bergman covered energy issues, including the oil crisis of the 1970s.


Jules Bergman was a major contributor to ABC's coverage of the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station.


Jules Bergman was a contributor to ABC's Close-Up series of documentaries.


Jules Bergman won an Emmy Award for his work on the half-hour documentary Close-Up: On Fire.


Jules Bergman occasionally sat in as a guest host on the ABC public affairs series Issues and Answers, and contributed to other ABC programs, including Good Morning America and Nightline.


In cooperation with ABC's Wide World of Sports, Jules Bergman covered Evel Knievel's 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon.


Jules Bergman was diagnosed with a nonmalignant brain tumor and underwent surgery in the late 1970s.


Jules Bergman was found dead in his New York apartment on February 12,1987.


Many television documentaries have featured clips from Jules Bergman's reporting on the American space program.


Jules Bergman appeared in clips and commentary in the first part of the three-part Chasing the Moon PBS documentary.