Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wisdom of Our Fathers by Tim Russert

©2008 Kim Giancaterino. All Rights Reserved.
Wisdom of Our Fathers Tim Russert

Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons
In the spring of 2006, political journalism giant Tim Russert was sharing the story behind Wisdom of Our Fathers on a radio program I happened to catch.

Russert had previously written a book about his father entitled Big Russ & Me. That book had prompted thousands of letters from sons and daughters who wanted to share stories about their own fathers. Those letters formed the basis for Russert's follow-up book. I gave copies of both books to my own dad for Father's Day that year.

Regular viewers of Meet the Press were aware of Russert's huge devotion to his father, as well as his young son, Luke. Father's day was very special to him. Tragically, on the Friday preceding Father's Day 2008, Tim Russert succumbed to an unexpected heart attack. On Father's Day I couldn't help but think about the Russert family, particularly Big Russ, who most certainly did not expect to outlive his son.

Tim Russert touched many lives, and the response to his sudden passing was profound. Tim Russert's wife Maureen Orth and his son Luke Russert expressed appreciation to those who took time to convey heartfelt condolences to the entire Russert family. "His example of hard work, discipline, integrity and humor will guide us."

Update: Timothy Joseph Russert, affectionately known as "Big Russ," died of natural causes at the age of 85 in September 2009.

Tim Russert
In the spring of 2004, I published a book about my father—about the lessons I have learned from him, the way he has influenced me, and my enormous love and respect for this steady, hardworking, and modest man.

Books by Tim Russert
After the publication of Big Russ & Me, Tim Russert received more than 60,000 letters from daughters and sons who wanted to share heartfelt stories about their own fathers. Those letters formed the basis for Wisdom of Our Fathers.

Tim Russert
'Big Russ & Me' came out in May, and my publisher sent me on a publicity tour in the hope that people around the country would see the book as an ideal Father's Day gift.

Tim Russert with his Dad "Big Russ" on the Today Show (2004)

Meet the Press: 50-Years of History in the Making
by Rick Ball and NBC News
Foreword by Tim Russert, Moderator of Meet the Press

Tim Russert
May 7, 1950 - June 13, 2008
American television journalist and lawyer Tim Russert was a popular and respected moderator on NBC’s Meet the Press. With 16 years at the helm, he was the show’s longest-serving moderator.

Tim Russert was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief, and host of the CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program, Tim Russert. He covered several presidential elections, and died a few months before the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

In 2008, Time magazine included Tim Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Remembering Tim Russert

Luke Russert
Well, my dad was a force of nature. And now his own cycle in nature is complete. But his spirit lives on in everybody who loves their country, loves their family, loves their faith, and loves those Buffalo Bills. I love you, dad. And, in his words, let us all go get’ em.

Father and son on beach photograph by melindarmacaronikidcom
New York Daily News by Helen Kennedy (June 16, 2008)