Lewis Tipton Stringer Huntley, better known as “Tippy” Conrad, was born on July 15, 1930, in Evanston, Illinois, USA, to Arthur Campbell and Lewis “Louie” Frances Stringer. Sarah Lewis Tipton, her maternal grandmother, motivated her name. Tipton was a very well television trailblazer and weather forecaster.
She was among the first female news reporters on significant mainstream television. Tippy was a WRC-TV correspondent with a massive following in Washington. She married the iconic news presenter Chet Huntley first and then to movie star William Conrad Jr.
Lewis Stringer Huntley’s Parents & Education
Stringer’s parents both attended the University of Chicago. Her dad used to work for the National Broadcasting Association. Tippy’s given title was Lewis Tipton Stringer, which prompted many people to believe she was really a boy. Because of her misunderstandings, she was designated to a men’s residence hall at William and Mary College.
As a direct consequence, she decided to join the University of Maryland, switching her moniker to Tippy irrevocably. Stringer studied theatre and appeared in innumerable university creations. In 1951, she was also awarded the title of homecoming queen. Her expertise and charismatic personality drew the attention of cinema agents and movie executive officers. But it was in the television industry that she managed to make her mark.
Personal life and Relationships
Stringer encountered Chet Huntley in 1957, during the Huntley-Brinkley era at NBC. She met him over the internet, and the pair courted ‘virtually’ for many quarters. In 1959, they wedded. Stringer kept working for another few years; however, the requirements of becoming the bride of a prolific announcer ultimately forced her to give up her job. Her organic cinematic skill, however, managed to keep her engaged.
Stringer became a professor on the difficulties of becoming a single mother after Huntley died in 1974. In 1978, she ran as a Republican Congressional frontrunner in Montana. In 1980, Stringer met actor William Conrad. He was the authentic Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke’s radio version. He was also well-known for his television programs, including Cannon. The couple tied the knot the following year. Tippy handled Conrad’s professional life until his passing in 1994.
Lewis Huntley’s Career
Mrs. Huntley was one of the first regional TV presenters to become a known figure in Washington when cable news was in its childhood. Mrs. Huntley started her broadcasting career as a stenographer at WRC, an NBC affiliate in Washington.
In 1950, she joined NBC as a forecaster. Mrs. Huntley, who wore pearls and wore her hair in a bouffant, released weather predictions twice a day, grinning through whatever environment had in store for the capital. Listeners were so enthusiastic about her predictions that top management at WRC-TV considered switching the nightly news to cater to them.
Lewis Tippy Huntley’s Death
After years of commendable work in the news industry, Lewis Tippy Stringer Huntley passed away at 80 (1st of October in 2010.) Mourners crowded her house in Beverly Hills to pay their respect.
Lewis Tippy was a woman beyond her era. She established the Stringer Foundation, which supports literacy programs, public broadcasting, women’s shelters, animal rights institutions, and procreative education. She was deeply loved and admired by tons of people.