Veteran newsman and my friend Tim Russert has died at 58. I was floored to learn the news because we just saw each other on Sunday at NBC. As a former employee of NBC and repeated guest on Meet the Press, I came to view Tim as a friend and an inspiration.
Every time that I saw Tim, he would immediately ask me about my kids and specifically Benjamin (whose birth he announced on Meet the Press). We would talk about little league and just being Dads, which we both loved. Even on Sunday when I was changing and Tim walked in, he followed a joke (about my state of undress) with immediate questions of Ben’s little league team and how we just lost in the McLean playoffs.
Tim had just gotten back for a trip with his wife and son Luke (who just graduated Boston College) when he had a massive heart attack. He was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed.
I cannot express my personal sorrow at Tim’s passing. Those who worked with him will miss his constant sense of humor and unflagging common sense. He had a way of putting everyone at ease. He was also a rarity in Washington. He never allowed his considerable position and fame to change him as a person. He was always as nice to every camera man as he was to every president he met in his career. We are not likely see the equal to him in our lifetime.
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