Tim Russert's untimely death, at his desk and on the job in Washington Friday afternoon, is another reminder that we never know if someone will leave for work and never return. Our beautiful weather Friday should encourage all of us to get out there and enjoy life, especially with Dad, this weekend.
I mostly enjoyed Tim Russert's work as HE was being interviewed about politics. I always enjoyed getting his take on the 2008 presidential race, and even got a glimpse of him through the window at the NBC headquarters in New York nearly two years ago. My excitement in actually seeing Tim Russert was from reading his two books, "Big Russ and Me," and "Wisdom of our Fathers." (Be sure to look at that one this weekend.) I would have liked being buddies with him, and really felt like I knew his dad, and his son, Luke after reading those stories. I can only imagine their grief, thinking how closely connected they were to each other, with Tim in the middle, the television star who was really just a regular guy.
Then think about losing Russert, and Jim McKay in only one week's time. A generation earlier, there was absolutely no one like Jim McKay. Talk about "spanning the globe," his travel video resume was amazing! He will always be remembered for his moving coverage of the Munich tragedy at the Olympics in 1972. Jim McKay was the only sports/ news reporter who could have handled that so well, and Wide World of Sports, too. I don't think they ever tried to find another host to take his place. Nobody could.
Now, we see that same situation with "Meet the Press." (Who hosted "Press" before Tim Russert? I don't remember.) Taking on David Brinkley's program, Tim Russert re-defined Sunday morning political talk shows. Even being a Bob Schieffer fan, we know Tim Russert departed us as the king. Is there anyone out there who can do that program the way he did it?
Please share your thoughts with us about Tim Russert.
Wanted.. lawyer, journalist, best-selling author, political expert and gifted interviewer. There aren't too many who can fill the bill. Thanks for listening.. Ralph