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Fri., March 29, 2013, 2:46 p.m.

Hux Redux: Wassmuth On ‘Geraldo’

Bill Wassmuth's appearance on the Geraldo Rivera show 25 years ago wasn't the only time the flamboyant TV host had contact with the Coeur d'Alene area. In the Coeur d'Alene Press file photo by Jerome A. Pollos, Rivera is shown in April 27, 2006, with Steve Groene, center, father of murder victims Slade and Dylan Groene and attorney Chuck Lempesis.

From DFO's files 25 years ago: The Rev. Bill Wassmuth shared a television spotlight with flamboyant producer Geraldo Rivera this week in a "Donahue-type" look at victims of violence. The syndicated show, tentatively called "Geraldo," is being marketed to television networks. ... "He's quite a character," said Wassmuth of Rivera after a whirlwind trip to New York City. Chairman of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, Wassmuth will be shown with four other victims of violence in an hour-long program. In mid-1986, the St. Pius X Catholic Church priest narrowly escaped injury when his home was bombed. Two men with ties to the Aryan Nations are awaiting trial on charges stemming from the incident.

Question: Were you here when Bill Wassmuth's home was bombed?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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