“The world’s best-known evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, has died,” reports USA Today. Graham was 99.
“The skinny preacher with the booming voice evangelized to nearly 215 million people over six decades and prayed with US presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama,” says CNN, adding, “Several presidents, including Lyndon Johnson, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, relied closely on his spiritual counsel.”
Graham “took the role of evangelist to a new level, lifting it from the sawdust floors of canvas tents in small-town America to the podiums of packed stadiums in the world’s major cities,” writes The New York Times, adding: “He wrote some 30 books and was among the first to use new communication technologies for religious purposes. During his ‘global crusade’ from Puerto Rico in 1995, his sermons were translated simultaneously into 48 languages and transmitted to 185 countries by satellite.”
“He saw the power of television in its infancy and used it to spread his message globally,” The Times notes.
Graham was often on Larry King’s interview program on CNN. Here’s one from 1988 that we found on YouTube: