Andy Hallett


Dead of congestive heart failure at age friggin 33.

Best known as good-hearted charismatic karaoke-singing demon Lorne on TV’s Angel.

Toastie as Lorne (smiling)

That’s me as Lorne, Halloween 2003.

Congestive heart failure sucks. 33? Geez…


George Carlin

I saw the “breaking news” headline five minutes ago and went straight to YouTube to find a clip or two to watch. It gives me a very queasy feeling to watch this rant on religion so immediately after his passing. But it seems a fitting queasiness.

I do think George Carlin was brilliant, but perhaps a bit too caustic even for me. I’m not overwhelmed with grief as I was when Tim Russert passed away last weekend. But I thought this news warranted some pause and some mention.

(audio NSFW…and Carlin probably had a lot of influence on what is considered NSFW…)

If it’s Sunday, it’s Meet the Press…

trsrt.jpgTom Brokaw will anchor Meet the Press this morning (airing locally here in the Triangle at 10AM on NBC-17).

In the meantime, over the past 72 hours, I’ve been watching a lot of remembrance clips online (I’m still lacking lacking cable). You could certainly find these on your own. I just wanted to have a representative set collection of clips that I found to be particularly informative or moving in reflecting on Russert’s life…

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Tim Russert

Dead. I’m stunned. Usually the New York Times alerts in my email inbox aren’t anything I dwell on. This…this is tough news. I have read nothing other than the subject line of my news alert. Dead at 58, sudden heart attack. It was just a few weeks ago that a manic Terry McAuliffe erroneously joked on Meet The Press that Russert’s father “Big Russ” was looking down on them from heaven. Big Russ is still very much alive, but I’m sure most didn’t imagine he’d outlive his son. Obviously, what a loss for his family, but it’s a huge loss for those who follow politics. Tim Russert was one of the keenest political minds out there in the media, perhaps in the entire television age.


An original.

UPDATE“Explainer-In-Chief”. An apt description from Senator Joe Lieberman on the legacy of Tim Russert. I’ve been watching MSNBC’s live coverage over the internet. There is such tremendous sincere respect in these spontaneous reactions from colleagues and competitors. Most of those commenting don’t have scripts; they’re speaking from the heart, and it’s clear they are stunned and crushed.

For me, whenever I’ve gotten down on politics in my adult life, it’s usually been a jolt of Meet The Press that’s been able to revive my interest. There was no b.s. with Tim Russert and MTP.

Election Night 2000 was agonizing, but I fondly recall being up until 4AM watching Russert and Brokaw and Russert’s whiteboard…

“If there has to be a weekend to mourn Tim Russert, it would be Father’s Day,” NBC’s political director just said. It sounds like Tim Russert, in addition to being an extraordinary journalist, was a tremendous friend, mentor, philanthropist, father, son, colleague, comforter, and teacher.

I’m not so good at the impromptu remembrances…this news has really shaken me. There aren’t many public figures whose sudden passing would sadden me so much.

If the “mainstream media” leaves you feeling cynical, read what people are saying about Tim Russert. You might feel a little less cynical.

Tom Brokaw announcing Russert’s passing earlier today. Tom Brokaw wouldn’t put the anchor hat back on for just anyone. Tough to watch…

U.S. diplomat: 100,000 may have died in Burma cyclone

It’s not good blogging practice just to post a link to a story. Oh, well.

U.S. diplomat: 100,000 may have died in Burma cyclone –

The U.N. World Food Program says as many as 1 million people may have been left homeless, with some villages nearly destroyed and vast rice-growing areas wiped out.

“Most urgent need is food and water,” said Andrew Kirkwood, head of Save the Children in Rangoon. “Many people are getting sick. The whole place is under salt water and there is nothing to drink. They can’t use tablets to purify salt water,” he said.

Britain offered about $9.8 million to help the crisis, and the U.S. offered more than $3 million in aid.
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