Friday, June 13, 2008

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"

Oh, my heart is broken.


  1. "Now cracks a witty, wise and noble heart.

    He was a man,take him for all in all,

    I shall not look upon his like again."

    Jorge Luis

  2. I expected something from you today on Tim, Nance. This tribute is just right--thanks. Such a good guy with such passions for politics and just about everything else that is the true core of our country. He was easy to make fun of because of his goofiness at times, disheveled hair, hastily tied numerous striped ties, etc., but he didn't care about any of that. He would have laughed heartily at being teased for such minor things. (Tom Brokaw even commented on some of those characteristics last night in NBC's tribute.) I loved to see him grill folks, always doing it so professionally and politely, but never letting up until he got to the truth (well, as best even he could sometimes). It was a lovely tribute last night by his very close colleagues and his "opponents" as well. I know he would have been pleased that they maintained their dignity while dealing with their loss, but yet managed to convey his essence so well (even getting in the Bruce Springsteen music so beautifully). Ah, a big hole for his family, NBC, and our counry. My thoughts and prayers go to them after such happiness with his son's graduation and trip to Italy and now two days before Father's Day his loss. I am so sorry, Nance.

  3. The good ones always seem to go first.

  4. I watched a lovely tribute to him last night.

    Only the good die young.

  5. ck--i've watched so many of them. it's astounding how loved, respected, and admired he was by everyone. what an incredible person!

    scarlet--i'm ashamed to say that i was small and mean enough to say, "why him? why not some creep like limbaugh or falwell?"

    shirley--i'm not ashamed to say that i really cried. i simply could not imagine it. what a great journalist, great political analyst, great mind, and, as we've seen in so many of these tributes, a great person.


  6. I don't watch the Sunday morning news programs and I have only seen Tim Russert analyzing the primaries on MSNBC, so I surprised myslf with how deeply I felt his death. I lost my guide and interpreter for this election, and we lost a good journalist and man.

  7. I didn't know that I could be so saddened by the death of someone I really don't even know.

  8. nina--I know! But I felt he was an important part of my "outer life."

    nancy in a2--we're really going to miss him as this election heats up in the fall.

  9. My neighbor actually came over to tell me, and I cried, too. What I loved about him was that, unlike so many other journalists or "talking heads," he never put his ego before his obligation. In fact, you wouldn't know he had an ego. Worst, in a time when mainstream media are only getting shallower and growing devoid of analytic ability, we cannot afford to lose voices and attitudes like his. We need him more than ever, and now he's gone.


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