Tim Russert: What a devastating loss

POSTED BY STUART LEVINE

Life can be so freakin’ fleeting.

I know I’m supposed to be a hardened journalist and not let news — both good and bad — affect me, but I can’t help but feel devasted by the sudden and tragic loss of Tim Russert., who was only 58 years old.Russert2_2

There’s an old adage that we feel a special connection to people we see on television all the time. Much more so than in film, as those on TV are in our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and everywhere else we watch.

And even more than that, Russert was on in the mornings on the “Today” show, in the afternoons occasionally as a political analyst on MSNBC, in the evenings on “Nightly News With Brian Williams” and then Saturdays on his conversational talkshow and, of course, the political big daddy, “Meet the Press” on every Sunday ayem.

What a tragedy. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

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  1. People are not only unlovely; they are helpless. I often felt lonely.

  2. David Woods says:

    TIM RUSSERT: THE MOVIE would be a funny and useful part of his legacy. I saw him as the star, playing himself, in the movie version of my “Buffalo Snow Day” novel (http://www/lulu.com/content/2556363). Unfortunately the book had only been out for less than a day before his untimely death. Tim’s legacy for all of us associated with Buffalo was the way he nourished and thrived upon his roots in Buffalo. His great sizzle always meant greater steak. Fictionally, this made it quite plausible for him to be the pivotal hero in the transformation of Buffalo into a hot dog haven/GUT/TOE heaven, a 21st century Athens, in “Buffalo Snow Day.” Now, we’re hoping he’s where fiction can become reality.

  3. David says:

    He was a genius and a very reassuring presence to have every Sunday evening (I live in the UK).
    He made the arcane processes of American government not only accessible but fascinating, and I was always got the impression he was a lovely guy, too.
    Rest in Peace.

  4. Joe says:

    He was a man’s man and a true giant in news biz. And when his Bills would be playing that Sunday afternoon are night he would always close out with go Bills!

  5. Judy says:

    He was a true gentleman who never forgot his roots. The most ‘fair and balanced’ of the bunch; we’ll miss him. May God comfort his family and friends during this time of grief.

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