Saturday, June 14, 2008

In Memoriam

I don't quite know what to say.

Yesterday, political journalist Tim Russert died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. Tim was one of Buffalo's most beloved native sons, a proud South Buffalo boy whose heritage was evident in everything he did.

Buffalo wasn't just where Tim Russert was from; it was his essence. He lived and breathed this city, including its sports teams. My fondest memory was when he had the Stanley Cup next to him on Meet the Press in 2006, along with the jersey the Sabres had made for him.

Tim was our biggest and best cheerleader in the national spotlight. As future journalist, I can only hope to be half of who he was - both professionally and personally. His integrity in his work and his life is something that has been spoken of much in the last 24 hours, and I admire that immensely.

Rest in peace, Tim Russert.

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