Cheers: A Memorable Tim Russert Memorial
Tim Russert Prayer card by Ali Goldstein/NBC Photo
Cheers to MSNBC for televising a truly remarkable memorial service for Tim Russert. Tom Brokaw accurately predicted the Irish-style wake would contain "some laughs, some tears and the occasional truth." Among the high points: Journalist pal Al Hunt describing Tim's opinion of his amazing son, Luke, as "the most memorable baby in almost 2000 years." Boston scribe Mike Barnicle recalling his own son, Little Tim, and Big Tim celebrating the Red Sox winning the pennant over the Yankees and "both acting their age - 12." Bruce Springsteen's moving version of "Thunder Road" (via satellite from Europe). Maria Shriver recalling her mother's reaction to Russert: "Now that's the kind of jolly Irish Catholic boy I thought you would marry - what happened?" And Brian Williams breaking the news of Russert's heart-rendingly apt last words: "What's happening?" What's happening now: America is mourning an extraordinary journalist and an even better man.
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