Sunday, June 15, 2008

a different kind of sunday

This Sunday was not like past Sundays. Of course, today is Father's Day, a uniquely annual event, but that's not where I going with this. I'm referring to the empty chair that the great Tim Russert occupied up until just a few days ago and the venue from which he commanded such presence.

This Sunday, unlike all those that have come and gone, feels eerily strange and unfulfilled. And I know why. It's because Tim Russert isn't there. Like so many Americans, watching Tim Russert on Meet the Press was a part of my Sunday morning ritual. For many, church is a fixture of their Sunday morning. For me, it was watching Tim Russert on Meet the Press.

Even when I was in Chicago, where I didn't own a TV, I kept up with each show. I used to watch the program's webcasts on my laptop in my studio apartment. Or download the podcasts and listen to them on my way to campus or as I worked out at the gym.

I thought today's tribute to him was done very well. As so many have said, he brought a level of passion, intelligence, humility, and humor to the sphere of journalism and politics that will be hard to find again. I remember enjoying that after many of his broadcasts, he'd tout his love for the Buffalo Bills or Big Russ. His fondness for his home town, sports, and his family was so palpable.

As he so used to say so affirmatively at end of the each broadcast, "If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press." Yes, that may be so, Tim, be henceforth those Sunday's won't be the same.


Comment Anonymous EFG said...

I completely agree with you about this Sunday morning without Tim Russert. It was sad to wake up and realize that at 10:30am, he would not be sitting there and guiding us through politics.
What a loss!

5:47 PM  
Comment Blogger Stratman said...

No doubt Tim's passing is a loss to many. I had just purchased his book and was really surprised how his childhood memories brought back many of my own. I feel like I've lost a family member.

8:09 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Here, here, Stratman. I feel the same way.

1:00 PM  

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