Monday, August 08, 2005

Please Say It's Not So!

He's gone. Yesterday Peter Jennings, the sole anchor of "World News Tonight" since 1983, died of lung cancer at age 67. (He was actually chosen in 1965, at age 26, to anchor "The ABC Evening News" but 2 years later he told his bosses he needed more seasoning and returned to field reporting.) He won numerous awards, among them a National Headliner Award, the George Foster Peabody award, and 16 Emmys. Guess you could say he was made for the news! He was a native Canadian who became a U.S. citizen in 2003; and it didn't hurt that he was always immaculately dressed and coiffed.

When we were at home, we always watched Peter's evening news. We liked him, the man.

Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of men and women in the world and is difficult to detect early or to treat. Peter was a smoker 20 years ago. My dad died of lung cancer at age 78; he was not a smoker. Regardless, 67 (and 78!) is way too young (especially now that I'm 60). I hate it!

Was his one of the blithe spirits I saw on Saturday at the Marktkirche (last post)? Maybe!


  1. my dad and i used to watch Peter together when i was a young teenager. there was something warm and wise about him...