Newsman Tim Russert died today - RIP

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 06/13/2008 - 18:21.

So I was on the phone with an old aquaintance in LA just now, and we were talking about my brother who died at 58 of a heart attack and he said , "Tim Russert died today".

And here it is: A Personal Remembrance from the Detroit Free Press BY JOHN SMYNTEK • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • June 13, 2008

Biographical information on Tim Russert

NAME — Tim Russert.

AGE-BIRTH DATE-LOCATION — 58; born May 7, 1950, in Buffalo, N.Y.

EXPERIENCE — Moderator, NBC News' "Meet the Press," 1991-2008; Washington bureau chief, NBC News, 1988-2008; reporter, NBC News, 1984-88; counselor, New York Governor's office in Albany, N.Y., 1983-84; special counsel, U.S. Senate, 1977-82.

EDUCATION — Bachelor's degree, John Carroll University, 1972; law degree, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, 1976.

FAMILY — Wife, Maureen Orth; son, Luke.

QUOTE — "I know what the conservatives think, what the liberals think, what the Democrats think, what the Republicans think, and I try to master both sides of an issue to a point where I'm totally confused as to what I think." — Russert, in a 2004 interview with CNN.

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No Guarantees

Reading Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture last night, I was struck by the recurring thought that life offers no guarantees. 

Some of us have better odds than others for a happy life.  Randy Pausch talks about winning the parent lottery.  Tim Russert definitely won the parent lottery and he made the most out of his chances in life. 

(This afternoon turned out better than the morning and it's a perfect day for Parade the Circle.  The kind of day for cloud watching or bike riding.  I saw a man riding an old-fashioned bike, outfitted with a joyful bell--He's making the most of today.)

Remembering Tim Russert

  Cleveland Memory Project has a photo of the young Tim Russert.