Monday, August 08, 2005

The Last of His Kind

There was a brain behind that handsome face and I was thankful to have such an erudite, educated person on one of the three major networks. Dan was earthy, Tom was plainspoken, and Peter was James Bond. We saw him all over the globe, wearing a trench coat or a safari jacket and his peers say he had one of the best Rolo-Dexes in town.

But beyond his class and style, he seemed to care very much that we understood the often incomprehensible stories around the world. His personal library was said to be vast and varied.

He never graduated from high school. He smoked for a very long time. He was married four times. He could be very tough on his colleagues. And when he covered the millenium celebrations, he nearly broke down crying while saluting the production team who helped him to cover them (I chalked it up to sleep deprivation).

Television is a much cheaper place nowadays and we will be hard pressed to find a place in it for the kind of intelligence and depth Peter Jennings had. But for the forty years that Peter Jennings spent trying to learn about this complex world and explain it to all of us, I want to honor him on my blog.


At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your fine thoughts on a true gentlemen. I will miss him.

At 2:41 AM, Blogger Mike said...

Jennings is truly the last of his kind, and I remain stunned by the disgusting comments found by Tom Peyer and posted at his site. News is NOT and should not be boosterism, and I liked that Jennings was able to provide a detached viewpoint about what was in the news that otherwise might be obscured by American public interest. One reason I like living in Seattle is the chance to occasionally tune into CBC and see what they're reporting.

One thing that I'll probably most miss, because it will now be in poor taste, at least for a time. If you ever viewed a taping of the old KING TV show "Almost Live," they showed a blooper reel prior to the show to warm up the audience. Part of the reel was Jennings on assignment somewhere, wearing a raincoat, on a raw day, with a head cold... and, for the sake of some propriety, let's say he had no Kleenex with him.

The changing of the guard is complete now. There's nobody at any of the three networks who can even spell "C-r-o-n-k-i-t-e," much less hold his Smith Corona.

At 12:34 AM, Blogger Loganite said...

That blooper, one of my faves, showed Jennings was just a guy, too.

-- L.


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