Channel 9 anchor Martie Salt remembers interview with Billy Graham

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In more than 70 years Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, preached to almost 215 million people around the world. Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson said he "helped a lot of people".

Even after Graham stepped away from public ministry following his last crusade in NY in 2005, his unique, far-reaching influence continued.

He died in his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Mr Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

"We have an idea that we Americans are God's chosen people", he told a Charlotte crowd in 1958, "that God loves us more than any other people, and that we are God's blessed". He later received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute, now the Trinity College of Florida. He said he made his decision during a late-night walk on a golf course. He said: "I don't advise them, I pray with them". But by welcoming us and having me preach on several occasions to the royal family at Windsor and Sandringham, she has gone out of her way to be quietly supportive of our mission. The two married in 1943 and went on to have five children. The first time was when we met backstage at the 1972 Southern Baptist Convention in Philadelphia.

He took a job organizing meetings in the USA and Europe with Youth for Christ, a group that ministered to young people.

Host Mike Collins is joined by religion writers and experts to talk about the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham.

Over the next decade, his massive revivals in England and NY catapulted him to worldwide celebrity.

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After being trained as a pastor, he launched his work in "awakening" and achieved notoriety with his first religious "crusades" in 1949: an event in Los Angeles, originally planned to last for three weeks, ran for over eight weeks because the marquee was packed full everyday. His message reached millions more as he maintained a near-constant presence on radio, television and the internet.

He moved in high-profile circles, becoming the confidant of successive presidents.

Graham's friendship with Richard Nixon dated back to the early 1950s, but it was tested by the Watergate scandal and the release of secretly recorded White House tapes. His example was as inspiring as his preaching, Alexander said. "I will in the future". "I would study more".

The Queen, as head of the Church of England, has previously spoken about the importance of her faith: "I know just how much I rely on my faith to guide me through the good times and the bad", she said in 2002.

"He was probably the dominant religious leader of his era", said William Martin, author of A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story.

He gave control of his ministry to his son Franklin in 1995 and preached his final revival meeting in NY in 2005. Add the people who saw his crusades live, via satellite, and the numbers jump to 210 million people in 185 countries.

"And Rev. Graham said, 'Ron you and I have been friends for a long time, but if I do that I will be getting into partisan politics and that will hurt my ministry and I think you'll understand, ' which Reagan did".

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