Donald Stephen William Morse (1923 - 2009)

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Willamette National Cemetery
Section KK Site 1033,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or

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Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

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Branch of service: Us Merchant Marine
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Stephen William

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1923 - In the year that Donald Stephen William Morse was born, the A.C. Nielsen Company was founded in Chicago. It provided an audience measurement system that could provide radio station owners with information on their listeners and the popularity of their shows. Later, the Nielsen company became the basis for the fate of television programs.

1938 - He was just 15 years old when on October 30th, a Sunday, The Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast Orson Welles' special Halloween show The War of the World's. A clever take on H.G. Wells' novel, the show began with simulated "breaking news" of an invasion by Martians. Because of the realistic nature of the "news," there was a public outcry the next day, calling for regulation by the FCC. Although the current story is that many were fooled and panicked, in reality very few people were fooled. But the show made Orson Welles' career.

1981 - He was 58 years old when on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

1990 - Donald was 67 years old when after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

1997 - By the time he was 74 years old, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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Donald Stephen William Morse passed away on August 9, 2009 at age 85. No cause of death has been listed for Donald. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section KK Site 1033, Portland, Or. He was born on November 2, 1923. We have no information about Donald's immediate family.

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