Chet Curtis Dies: Cancer Takes Boston Newscaster at Age 74

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Friday, 24 Jan 2014 11:18 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Veteran Boston newscaster Chet Curtis succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at the age of 74.

For nearly three decades, beginning in the 1970s, Curtis was part of a husband-and-wife news team for WCVB-TV along with his spouse Natalie Jacobson. He had long battled pancreatic cancer, the Boston Globe reported.

"We were so fortunate, and we realize we were, to live in the genesis of television," an emotional Jacobson told a WCVB-TV reporter outside the station's studio on Thursday.

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"People would say, 'Why did you work together so well?' I don't know, it just really worked," Jacobson said. "What you see is what you get. We never felt like we were acting. It was comfortable, it was honest."

"It was very hard. I thought we would be married forever," she added. "I am grateful for the years we had. I am grateful for the three children (Dana, Dawn and Lindsay). I think as I look back on his life, I think he lived life to the fullest. He lived life the way he wanted to live it. The only thing is that it ended too soon."

Curtis and Jacobson separated in 1999 and divorced two years later. The announcement reportedly shocked viewers who had apparently grown accustomed to their subtle interactions throughout the news broadcast with Jacobson often rolling her eyes during sports stories reported by Curtis, who in turn showed little to no interest in her feature stories.

It was never revealed what caused the husband-and-wife news team to split.

In a 2001 interview with the Boston Globe, Curtis said he couldn't understand why so many people were interested in the couple's private life, telling the newspaper "where I am, what I am doing, and who I am doing it with. . . There’s got to be something more important in the world."

"We made a conscious effort not to mix our personal and professional lives at the station, and we continue that, even today," Curtis added at the time.

After their separation, both Curtis and Jacobson were given different anchor assignments with WCVB-TV.

Born Chester Kukiewicz in Amsterdam, N.Y., the veteran anchor was raised by his father after his mother died when he was a young boy. Chester's father died at the age of 15, after which he was raised by his uncle. He reportedly began his career in television singing, which apparently remained a lifelong passion of the TV newsman aside from his journalism career.

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