Air Force Lieutenant accused of being a security risk during the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy; records include biographical information, correspondence, scrapbooks, audio-visual materials, and other documents pertaining to the case and to the movie "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Call number: 2008173 Aa 2; Ac Language: The material is in English with some material in Montenegrin and German Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Marc Levitt, 2008
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The collection was donated by members of the Radulovich family (donor no. 10082) in 2008-2009.
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[item], folder, box, Milo Radulovich papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Milo John Radulovich (October 28, 1926 -- November 19, 2007) was an American citizen (born in Detroit) of Montenegrin descent. While serving as a reserve Air Force lieutenant, Radulovich was accused of being a security risk for maintaining a "close and continuing relationship" with his father and sister who had been identified as possible "security risks", contrary to Air Force Regulation 35-62. For this, the Air Force stripped Radulovich of his commission.
The Radulovich case soon came to the attention of Edward R. Murrow, host of the popular See It Now program on CBS. For months, Murrow and producer Fred Friendly had debated on how to address Senator Joseph McCarthy's tactics. The Radulovich affair gave them an avenue. The program entitled "The Case Against Lt. Milo Radulovich, A0589839" aired on October 20, 1953. The portrayal of this man and his immigrant father led many viewers to question the impact of McCarthyist tactics for purging the government and military of potential "security risks." Radulovich was reinstated one month after the broadcast.
Radulovich moved to California where he was eventually hired by a private weather forecasting business. He later went to work for the National Weather Service, and was chief meteorologist at Capital City Airport in Lansing, Michigan when he retired in 1994.
Michael Ranville wrote a book about Radulovich's trial To Strike at a King: The Turning Point in the McCarthy Witch-Hunt. The CBS broadcast and background to its airing was dramatized in the 2005 film "Good Night, and Good Luck."
Radulovich's case is recognized by the State Bar of Michigan as one of its "Michigan Legal Milestones."
After experiencing two strokes, Radulovich died on November 19, 2007. He was awarded a posthumous degree by the University of Michigan in 2008.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Radulovich collection consists of six series: Biographical/Personal, Security Hearing, Other Family Members, Audio/Visual Materials, Scrapbooks, and Other Materials. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the events around his hearing and the influences it caused in the succeeding decades.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
Anti-communist movements -- United States.
Good night, and good luck (Motion picture)
Internal security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Montenegrin Americans -- Michigan.
See it now (Television program)
Internal security -- United States -- 20th century.
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957 -- Influence.
Murrow, Edward R.
Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007.
Radulovich, Milo, 1926-2007.
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Container / Location
The Biographical/Personal series documents some of Radulovich's school years, his service in the Air Force, awards and honors he received throughout the years, and some of his more general correspondence.
(see also oversized folder Ac)
Security Clearance Application
Weather Squadron 1946-1952
Awards and Honors 1996-2006
(includes photographs; see also oversized folder)
(includes letters by Fred Friendly)
Obituaries (oversized) 2007
Honorary Degree (University of Michigan) 2008
Security Hearing [series]
The Security Hearing series documents the correspondence and publications around the time of the actual hearing. The movie "Good Night, and Good Luck" is also documented; photographs, scripts, and correspondence are included. There are some documents pertaining to McCarthyism and Edward R. Murrow in general, and the series concludes with a set of scrapbooks created by the Radulovich family.
Milo Radulovich Correspondence
November 1953-January 1954
Correspondence of others to the government about the case 1953
Transcript of the hearing 1953
(includes supplemental brief of respondent on review of the board findings)
(see also Box 3 for oversized material)
Clippings 1944, 1953-1955, 1972
To Strike at a King (book by Michael Ranville) 1996, 2006
A few relatives are briefly documented in the Other Family Members series, including his mother Ikonija.
Nada 1983, 1994
Slava (family annual ritual)
Ikonija (Milo's mother) 1982
Audio/Visual Materials [series]
The Audio/Visual Materials series contains a mix of video and audio recordings. Included are: taped personal conversations relating to the case, NPR interviews, and some material about Murrow and other notables of the period.
(includes images that have been printed)
"News Reel History, Clips From Murrow/McCarthy, West America"
"The Spartan Podcast-Mike Ranville and Milo Radulovich 2005"
(description provided by donor)
Ratkovic and Radulovich, Conversation re: case
(personal conversation regarding legal options)
Interview with Eric Hoffer 1967
(rebroadcast of the Eric Sevareid interviewing the American social writer)
Edward R. Murrow February 11, 1977
(radio show remembering Murrow's journalistic contributions)
Milo-Ranville March 1993
(gathering information for his book; includes Milo's sister)
Fred and Ruth Friendly/Ranville April 1993
(gathering information for his book)
Ann Arbor NPR, Todd Mundt Show, Interview with Milo and M. Ranville March 27, 1998
NPR interview Grant/Milo from Mark Steiner, Baltimore October 26, 2005
(about the movie which Grant was a co-writer and co-producer)
"An Evening with Milo Radulovich and Mike Ranville " December 1, 1997
(Ranville recounts the story with video clips; 100 minutes)
"John F. Faulk Conference " April 17, 1997
(Part I: intro, inventing TV news, pioneering broadcast news; Part II: To Strike a King, Murrow and Radulovich case, full panel discussion)
"The Capitol Brief, Tim Skubick"
(film and interviews from Michigan Milestone event at MSU, September 1998; 12 minutes)
"26th Michigan Legal Milestone " September 2, 1998
(Dedication speeches for unveiling of monument at MSU College of Law; 2 hours)
"An Evening with Milo Radulovich at Wayne State University " November 27, 2001
(hosted by Jack Lessenberry, panel, students, family and friends conversation; 2 hours)
"Michigan Senate Chambers " November 13, 2003
(Presentation of Senate Resolution 198 to Radulovich and Judge Sanborn)
"Good Night, and Good Luck" 2005
"Milo Memorial Detroit " January 27, 2008
"MCBA (Macomb County Bar Association) Celebrating 100 Years"
(Address of Milo Radulovich honoring his friend and attorney Kenneth Sanborn)
Scrapbooks: "The Case of Milo Radulovich" [series]
The Scrapbooks series is a set of six volumes created by the Radulovich family entitled "The Case of Milo Radulovich." The series follows a general chronological order and contains clippings, photographs, memorabilia, and other such materials. Each volume includes a detailed index, clippings, photographs, programs, memorabilia, etc.
Oversize Volume 1
Oversize Volume 2
Oversize Volume 3
"The Book (To Strike a King) and the Movie ('Good Night, and Good Luck')" 1992-2005
Oversize Volume 4
"The Reviews, the Awards, the Companion Book" 2005-2006
Oversize Volume 5
"Movie Awards, Macomb Bar Association, and More" 2006
Oversize Volume 6
"Born October 28, 1926, Died November 19, 2007" 2007
Other Materials [series]
Photocopies of clippings and correspondence relating to Milo Radulovich on file at the Burton Historical Collections
Miscellaneous regarding Ikonija Radulovic
Photographs of celebration at the Bentley Library prior to the University of Michigan degree ceremony December 12, 2008