Interviewee ID: 990168
Parent's name: Baldanpuntsag
Year of Birth: 1928
Notes on education:
Work: retired, radio journalist
Born in: Bayan-Ovoo sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Chingeltei sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090416A with Baatarchuluun
Note: This summary is a combined summary of both interview parts, 090416A and 090416B.
There’s a saying ‘the history is written not by historians but by writers and journalists.’ One of those who have been recording the nation’s development and its historical evidence is the journalist of Mongolian Telegram (MONTSAME – the official Mongolian news source) Baatarchuluun. He was raised being fed camel milk. Though he has reached eighty he is still very lively and quick. Since talent never retires, he still publishes his articles in newspapers. He was one of the few named correspondents who had a pass to the government palace to report the events there. For many years he has been reporting the activity of the party and the state and spread the news through Mongolian Radio and MONTSAME. He was born in Delgerhangai sum of Dundgobi aimag, which is full of music and songs. He was nearly cast in the wolf’s den for he was an illegitimate child. It seems our Mongolians also had strict morals. The fatherless children seemed to be ruined in this way. As an interviewer, I hear such a thing for the first time. In fact, any nation has many things that should be abandoned or left behind.
Baatarchuluun’s work and life path shows us a figure in love with the generosity of the ordinary people of his Gobi land and the camels. We can see the image of a genuine Mongolian who likes a drink from a female camel. One of the positive things of socialism was the great responsibility. Especially the journalists used to write a document having scrutinized it very accurately. The story about it is included in this interview. Baatarchuluun has been reporting about almost all the party and state leaders of the fraternal socialist countries that visited the MPR in the socialist time. He is a very careful person and this is testified to by many photos, documents and invitations to the state banquets.