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Remembering Tim Russert

June 14, 2008

Touching tributes today in the Washington Post by Style columnist Tom Shales and the New York Times by Mark Leibovich.

This business I’ve chose and love so much may be in trouble and changing in ways that many of us simply don’t want to deal with but the importance, to all Americans, of Tim Russert’s death speaks volumes to the importance of what we do and what it can still mean to people. Nothing says that louder to me than the fact that almost every daily newspaper from Anniston, Alabama to Escondido, California featured a story about Russert’s death on the front page.

Even his beloved Buffalo Bills issued the following statement on Friday:

“The Buffalo Bills organization is devastated in hearing the news of the passing of Tim Russert. Tim, as everyone knows, was a tremendous Bills fan. He was always so proud to let people know just how much he loved our team and was such a great ambassador for Buffalo. So many times he ended his “Meet The Press” show with his patented “Go Bills!” that it became part of our Game Day morning rituals. He was a true friend and we will miss him immensely. Our sincere sympathies go out to his family and our team carries a heavy heart tonight as we mourn the loss of this great man, Buffalo’s native son and a Bills fan forever.”

It should come as no surprise that I have a great amount of respect and admiration for Tim Russert. I regret that I never got the opportunity to thank him personally for showing me that an Irish Catholic kid from Western New York really could become the most important journalist in the world.

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