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    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.

    During 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.

    I’ve 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.

    When 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.

    But 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.

    He started 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 food.

    I started 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.

    ABCNEWS.COM 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.

    I wanted 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