I quit watching television news well over a decade ago, and I no longer take a paper. I follow headlines on my BlackBerry and when I want to know more about something, I can Google my way to whatever I need.
But my respect for Tim Russert endured. Fair, knowledgeable, honorable and not afraid to ask hard questions. Of anyone.
In fact, last year I read "Big Russ and Me", which Russert wrote partly as an autobiography but more as a tribute to his working class father. A great book about what is possible within a family when honor and integrity rule the household.
Head and shoulders above his peers... honest and prepared, every week... host of the ONLY program I always made time to watch.
And now signing off.
"If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press..."