Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert 1950-2008 RIP

Saddened and shocked by the sudden passing of one of my heroes. A great man, loving son, husband and father. Too ironic for the Author of 'Big Russ and Me' to leave us Father's Day weekend. I remember seeing him on a talking head show sharing his love for his father and his son, Luke. One of my favorites stories of Tim's was when his son had read the book "Big Russ" about his grandfather. Tim and Big Russ share the same initials - TJR, as Tim was a junior. Sometime after Luke had read the book he returned home from Boston College for the weekend. Tim heard his wife Maureen yell to him "he has a TATTOO!" Tim went running to see what was going on, reminding Luke that he had promised that he wouldn't get a tattoo. Luke then responded that after he had read the book, he decided to get a tattoo to honor his dad and grandfather. So he pulled up his shirt and there were the initials TJR tattooed on his side. Luke then said he always wanted to have his dad and grandfather "on his side". Tim choked up at that point and said "What could I say?"

Only the good die young.

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