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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Fond Memories of Tim Russert

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It is truly Friday the 13th. What a shock to learn that Tim Russert is dead. He was the epitome of great journalism. What a tragic loss of a journalism icon and a brilliant mind. Tim Russert was the consummate interviewer. He did it all with intelligence, grace, wit, and most importantly without being mean. So you can imagine how stunned we have all been in the TODAY'S TMJ4 newsroom today. For those of us who made "Meet The Press" on Sunday mornings appointment viewing, life will never be the same. His show is always first in morning ratings. Not only because of his insightful political coverage, but his intelligence, and humanity. I was lucky enough to interview Tim Russert. He stopped by the newsroom to talk about his first book about his dad. But of course, we also talked a little politics. Russert could not have been nicer or more real. Interviewing Tim Russert was like talking to an old friend. He cracked jokes, and smiled a lot. He instantly made you feel comfortable. His passion about his book, his family, politics, and sports, was infectious. Of course, we will miss his election night analysis in this historical election year. But we will also miss his humanity. Tim Russert had a passion for life that you could instantly feel. He was the kind of person you wanted to know more. And despite reaching the pinnacle of his career, he was just a regular guy. My heart aches today. But I get solace in thinking about Russert's legacy. A down to earth man, who is now sharing his famous stories in heaven.

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