Thursday, January 23, 2020


....stepped into the clearing at the end of the path. A good man named Jim.

He was the last of the men I respected in his profession. I spent many years watching his show for the news I didn't read on the siprnet. I actually went to WETA to meet him but he was out that day and since DC is not my home I never made it back. I did make it to his office there, an eclectic place as befitted the man. He had some rules I find worthwhile. Would that other people who style themselves as journalists would abide by them.

Oddly, these rules look much like the rules I expect out of gentlemen and was how I was raised. I found the rules stood me in good company. All of my peers were people who abided by these rules and made good company. Men like this always made good company and devastating chess players.
Lehrer attended Victoria College in Texas and later studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He served three years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.


SCOTTtheBADGER said...

The Birthday Badger Sends Respectful Birthday Greetings, Captain!

Anne Bonney said...

It seems he had a mission to civilize. Rest in peace, Jim Lehrer.

HMS Defiant said...

i used to watch them and it was such a contrast to what passed for news.

capt fast said...

I miss the last time a news reader on television reported something that was not on the same script all the other news readers were reading from and reporting on at the same time.

HMS Defiant said...

If you ever go there, WETA is on the river. 20 foot rise would easily take out the little building. PBS is across the road, not the river, and thoroughly modern. Mr. Lehrer's office was in the old building by the river. When one went in one had the sense that he thought PBS contaminated the news. He was in all the respects I honor, a gentle man who knew how to tote a rifle, as we all are.