Posted by: paulfbove | June 16, 2008

Farewell to a Fellow Buffalonian

You can’t study politics and try to discuss the journalism of politics without thinking of Tim Russert. Though he died on Friday, I feel that a quick post is necessary. Tim was one of the few people that people mentioned with pride when discussing anything good that came out of Buffalo (we also lay claim to Tom Toles, Ani DiFranco, Rick James, moe., and the Goo Goo Dolls [though now people only mention how they used to be good 15-20 years ago, before they got schmaltzy and sucked]).

Russert probably did more to advance the Buffalo name than anyone else in recent years. And he was “Buffalo” through and through. I’ve met a lot of people in this world and there is a distinctive trait, or nature, that is Buffalo. Sometimes it’s hard to put a finger on, but you know it when you see it. And Russert certainly exuded that trait in everything he did. I didn’t even watch Meet the Press all that much, but I certainly paid attention when Russert was on TV, whether on that show or something else.

So it is a shame that the world has lost one of Buffalo’s finest. A young guy who understood human nature and was a human. Often times in politics people forget the human factor.

I was out on the Chesapeake sailing with some friends this weekend (hence the late post of old news). One of my friends is from Buffalo too–we poured a little beer in the Bay in honor of Tim. If you have a moment, do the same.

Russert as Bobblehead from Buffalo Bisons GameI like this picture–it’s from a Bobblehead promotion the Buffalo Bisons did a couple years ago.

Addendum: There are a lot of famous people from Buffalo, but the few I list above are the contemporary names you’d likely hear in conversation. Go here for more if you’re interested.

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