Remembering 911 and Peter Jennings
Today marks the anniversary of the tragic 9-11 disaster.
As I’m writing this to you in early August, by the
time you read this hopefully it will still be nice and
warm and sunny.
the 9-11 disaster I was tuned into ABC News watching my
favorite anchor Peter Jennings. He had very comprehensive
and detailed report. He was also obviously very concerned.
been watching Peter Jennings for years. When he sadly
died in early August this year I was truly devastated.
It was like losing an old friend I didn’t know.
Even through my wild days of living in Los Angeles and
New York City I was always sure to tune into World News
Tonight With Peter Jennings. He was always somehow a comfort
during times of difficulty.
the new millennium turned Peter did twenty four hours
of news coverage. If you remember, everyone was concerned
with the turning of the year 2000. I even had friends
who were so convinced of disaster that the stocked up
on canned goods, water and batteries.
Peter was the voice of calm during another difficult time
again. There was something about his demeanor and overall
calming energy that somehow just said it was all going
to be OK.
out anchoring the evening news as a young man in 1964.
I was only four years old at the time and not yet a devoted
fan. I was still watching cartoons and still eating kids
watching Peter when I was in my mid twenties. I always
knew he was a great broadcaster. And his colleagues knew
that as well. Peter smoked cigarettes from his mid twenties
on and quit about twenty years ago. Sadly it was still
too late as he died of lung cancer.
has received hundreds of emails from smokers who have
vowed to quit due to his untimely death, he was just 67
years old. I still watch ABC News and wonder who will
eventually replace Peter. He’s been off the air
for about four months and Charles Gibson and Elizabeth
Vargas have been anchoring in his absence.
to write this column about Peter Jennings even though
it was not my normal style. He was born in 1938 and he
will be greatly missed.
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com