Monday, August 08, 2005

the trinity...journalistically speaking: an addendum

On December 1, 2004, I wrote a post entitled "The Trinity...Journalistically Speaking". Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw had announced their retirement from their positions as evening anchors on CBS and NBC. In my post, I labeled Dan, Tom and Peter Jennings as the "Big Three".

This morning, the Three are two. Peter Jennings died from lung cancer yesterday. I am in shock. I knew he was ill but I didn't realize how seriously. To me, his death truly marks the end to an era.

I ended my original post with the statement: "Life marches on." And it does. Always marching.

6 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

Whoa! I didn't even know he was sick! I guess that shows you how much I pay attention to pop culture!

12:17 PM  
Blogger erinlo said...

I was shocked as well! I knew he was sick, but I didn't know it was that serious. Although I was never a big Peter Jennings fan, I'm sad because I don't remember a time when he wasn't on the news. My whole life, he was just always there. I feel old. Sad.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I woke up this morning to the same sad news. In a world where reporters seem so concerned with Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise, Peter Jennings stood out now (and all through my childhood) as a real journalist. I associate his face and name with so much that's made history in my lifetime and I will miss his wit and candor and professionalism. What a loss for his family and for his friends/co-journalists at ABC.

4:55 PM  
Blogger jettybetty said...

I guess I just assumed he would get better and always be there.

I am not a big fan of tv news--but I still respected Mr. Jennings.

May God comfort his family,
JB

6:14 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I have to say that Peter Jennings was my favorite anchor. I watched him most nights. But what I'll remember most about him was his coverage on Sept. 12th. The school I taught at in Manhattan closed for the day and so I stayed home and watched the news and cried most of the day. I'm sure I saw a lot of other reporters that day - but it was Peter Jennings who seemed to handle the coverage the most gracefully. His voice was comforting.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

That's the feeling I had when Chet Huntly died. When David Brinkly goes that'll "put a lid on it" for me. We have been Tom Brokaw fans our whole married life (24 years). We watched Tom so much that one day when Lauren was a little, little girl, she put her foot down ad said, "No more Tom Broken!" We had to laugh.:)...Love you kids!

5:37 PM  

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