Thursday, June 12, 2003

I was sorry to hear that David Brinkley passed away. He was always, I though, a sensible guy, not one to get caught up in the moment about much of anything.

I grew up with Huntley and Brinkley and NBC news being just about the only source of teevee news in our household. Walter Cronkite was no big deal to us. We watched just about every night, and "Goodnight, David; Goodnight, Chet" followed by the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 9th Symphony was standard fare at the Wilson's.

Later, I watched This Week from its inception until Brinkley left the show to sourpuss George Will, smarmy Cokie Roberts, and blithering idiot Sam Donelson. Blech. I'd prefer Brinkley's deadpan cynicism to what any of those three ever had or will have to offer. Or, George Stephanopolis. Are they nuts at ABC News? George Stephanopolis?

Brinkley's Washington Goes to War is a breezy description of how WWII turned Washington, D.C., from a sleepy southern town that was home to a part-time legislature to a full-time big-government home. It's a very enjoyable and informative read. Imagining it being read by the author is wonderful fun.

David Brinkley, R.I.P.

Addendum: Here's the New York Times obituary. (Registration required.)