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Old 06-14-08, 10:19 AM   #1
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On topic: Tim Russert

I liked Tim Russert a lot. I'm not sure I agreed with him politically, then again I'm not sure I really knew his political views really were.

But he was an honest hard-working guy from a blue collar background who remembered his roots and loved his family. That rates for a lot in my book.

That's why his death seems to be hitting me unexpectedly hard. There always are celebrities coming and going, many hell-bent on their own destruction, others seemingly larger than life and playing by a different set of rules.

I think Russert played by our rules. And he was three years older than I. That scares me, to be honest. And the timing was forceful. I've been feeling very poorly for months now, and I finally broke down and got a check-up. All my tests were fine except for the dreaded lipid panel. Houston, I have a problem.

His passing reminds me of my mortality, and the need to be more attentive to diet, lipid values, medical follow-up, and the like.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? And Tim: welcome home. We'll miss you.
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Tim Russert just came onto my radar about a year ago. The minute I saw him, and heard him, I loved him. He seemed like such a "real" person, one that I could trust, and I wanted to hear what he had to say about anything. He had a gentleness that I wish was more prevalent. I just heard about this an hour ago, and it was really, really sad.
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I have to admit that I'd never heard of him until he died. He seemed like a remarkable person. My reaction is that you shouldn't defer your dreams and ambitions - go for them now, because you might not be around in a year.

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My lady and I were shocked. We've been a fan of Tim for some time, not always for his political views but the honesty and integrity which he brought forth. He always got our attention span. Todays media is fast becoming dominated my National Enquirer mentality "bubbleheads"...no so for Mr. Russert. May he rest in peace.

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Tim Russert was my favorite commentator on television. Meet the Press was incredible because of Tim. His comments during the primaries were on-target. He was a tough interviewer without a mean bone in his body. I loved Tim Russert, and I'm taking his death very hard. He was only a few months older than me. I will really, really miss him.
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His death is a real shock. I've been reading both the left wing and right wing blogs, and all are upset with his passing. There are too few journalists like him.
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Have followed Tim since he entered journalism. Some stated here they did not always agree with his politics, what made Tim really great was he did not let his politics enter in to the piece - I didn't really know what his politcs were. He just loved the game, that was obvious. There are few if any like him and therefore the ratio of biased commentators/responseable, professional journalist was gotten that much closer to infinity.

He will be surely missed.
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I even tuned into the reruns of his show, if I missed it on Sun AM.

A top-notch guy.

He will be missed.

Will MTP continue, or is this the death of the program also?
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Personally I thought he was another shill for the Socialist party. I feel for his family but I believe he was an enemy of the United States and represents everything that's wrong with this country. I'm sure that the liberal media will have him replaced post haste so that the crap they spew won't slow down a bit!
I know this runs counter to most posts here and my intent is not to offend, it's just how I see it.
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I'm a lifelong Republican who knew his politics yet I admired & respected him since way back, when he ran Senator Moynihan's office. So long Tim, its been good to know you. Don
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I liked Tim Russert a lot. I'm not sure I agreed with him politically, then again I'm not sure I really knew his political views really were.

But he was an honest hard-working guy from a blue collar background who remembered his roots and loved his family. That rates for a lot in my book.

That's why his death seems to be hitting me unexpectedly hard. There always are celebrities coming and going, many hell-bent on their own destruction, others seemingly larger than life and playing by a different set of rules.

I think Russert played by our rules. And he was three years older than I. That scares me, to be honest. And the timing was forceful. I've been feeling very poorly for months now, and I finally broke down and got a check-up. All my tests were fine except for the dreaded lipid panel. Houston, I have a problem.

His passing reminds me of my mortality, and the need to be more attentive to diet, lipid values, medical follow-up, and the like.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this? And Tim: welcome home. We'll miss you.
So true. I'll be 58 later this year and this sort of thing strikes close to home. Just had a friend who was days short of turning 58 die of a heart attack about a week ago. Been feeling some stress lately and the associated ailments along with that, so I just had a stress test today for good measure. Nothing's 100 percent, but you do what you can. (all turned out well)

On another note, I got in 5 good back-to-back days of riding this week - 260+ miles total which is a personal best. (Still can't mentally get a grip on a double century). Maybe in the scheme of things, I'm doing something healthy for a change.

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Amen to that. I'll miss Tim's interviews and analysis. He always had an interesting take on things.
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I can understand why his death has an impact on us. He was a friendly, approachable guy. He seemed in good health. He was a family-oriented person, in fact just getting back from a family vacation.

To die so suddenly at just 58 is scary. It does hit too close to home.
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I loved getting up on Sunday mornings (8a out here in California) to watch Tim Russert with that mischevious grin pillary a guest with a clip or quote from the past.

One thing that amazes me is how popular he was. I though we were the only ones that watched Meet the Press and that everyone else knew about it second hand when one of his interviews would make the headlines (as so frequently happened). Now I see that there were more watching than I ever imagined.
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I'm a lifelong Republican who knew his politics yet I admired & respected him since way back, when he ran Senator Moynihan's office. So long Tim, its been good to know you. Don
We need more of this sort of attitude. As a political centrist (on an American scale, which evidently makes me a conservative on a European scale), I encounter lots of men and women of good will and intelligence whom I can respect, but who are far to my right or my left. I still like Atticus Finch's line from "To Kill a Mockingbird," which probably summarizes Harper Lee's own philosophy and/or her father's:

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
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Tim Russert

Somewhere (according to my sister who's the historian in the family) we and the Russerts are related (and not because we were all south buffalo irish either..lol)
Buffalo (and especially the fifth and first wards) and taking Tims death badly.
What I knew of Tim Russert was not the hard hitting interviewer but the guy who was always quick with a joke and quicker still to laugh at himself and on occassion,the world around him.
Sunday morning rides won't be the same..I used to tape his program and catch it after getting home from the club ride.
He'll be truly missed..most honest folk are.
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We need more of this sort of attitude. As a political centrist (on an American scale, which evidently makes me a conservative on a European scale), I encounter lots of men and women of good will and intelligence whom I can respect, but who are far to my right or my left. I still like Atticus Finch's line from "To Kill a Mockingbird," which probably summarizes Harper Lee's own philosophy and/or her father's:

"If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
Barry Goldwaters daughter who was in the process of putting all of his papers in order last year and possibly doing a biography stated that her dad (once considered farther right than Atilla the Hun) would be a centrist today as both parties head in opposite directions toward the horizon.
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I liked Tim very much, my favorite by far of all TV journalists. I couldn't quite put my finger on why I liked him so much, until I watched the tribute to him on Meet the Press this morning, hosted by Tom Brokaw. Many of the things they said about Tim were said about my father at his service last month -- loved people (as well as loved BY people and children), child-like nature, jolly face, the real deal, authentic, passionate about life, strong worth ethic, loved his family. And the shock of a sudden loss.

I will miss Tim and his jolly face.
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Hey Sojourn, most folks here know that I think Attila the Hun was a Marxist.

Politics, like people, comes and goes, but human kindness endurs, one way or another, forever.

Just sayin'.
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I hear you WeakLink, kindliness and tolerance is my creed.
I'm holding myself in check with this guys passing out of respect for the living. It's actually disconcerting to read in this thread (and many news reporting agencies) how many well intentioned folks held him in such regard when all I saw and heard was agenda, agenda, agenda.....it's frightening really, he had way too much influence and contrary to many folks high opinion of his (ahem) journalistic skills, it's probably a good thing for this country that he's no longer influencing the masses.
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I knew of him but he wasn't really on my radar, and its a shame that his death came so young, but the reason that it affected me is that it came right on the heels of the death of Jim Hinde, a man you probably never heard of unless you spent time in Pikes Place Market in Seattle.

Jim Hinde was a street musician, a genial man with more than a passing resemblance to Santa Claus. A former advertising executive; he had forsaken that to follow his bliss making his living singing on the street, and writing songs that came from his heart.

I discovered him when my Dad made a documentary on the Pikes Place buskers, and featured Jim with a long interview. On my trip to see my Dad last Christmas, I got to meet Jim. He was so jovial, yet direct and honest that he had a presence that most of us can only hope to achieve.

He died of a sudden heart attack on Monday, a few days before Mr. Russert. Both were just about the same age and just a few years older than me.

Probably like most of us, its a wake up call to make sure that the lives we are leading are valuable, because the clock is ticking. Time to take that ride across the country, work for the Peace Corps or write that book...

If you are interested in Jim Hinde his obit is here.

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I'm holding myself in check with this guys passing...it's probably a good thing for this country that he's no longer influencing the masses.
Sojourn,

I'm not sure if you meant it this way, but I read your comment as saying you're celebrating his death. Kind of a tough sentiment on Father's Day, don't you think?

BTW, I'm one of those who thinks he was a fine journalist and, by all accounts that I've read, a good person.

As a former journalist myself, with plenty of friends still in the business, I can tell you it takes a lot of backbone to stand up to the kind of s*** that these guys take from *both* sides of the political aisle. The great thing about our country is that if you don't like a newscaster's perceived politics you're free to go out and raise the capital to start your own network, blog, newspaper or magazine, as plenty of people do.

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