Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anderson Cooper Attends Private Memorial Service For Bob Simon

From The New York Daily News:
Top journalists join Bob Simon's family and friends at memorial service 
Anderson Cooper, Malcolm Gladwell, Charlie Rose, Tom Brokaw and former NYPD chief Ray Kelly were among the 100 or so notables spotted at the Metropolitan Opera House Tuesday to pay tribute to the late newsman, who died in a car accident last week.   (Please click on link for full article.)

Anderson remembered Bob Simon in a segment on AC360 last Thursday night saying ~

"There was nothing simple about Bob Simon. Except that he was simply the best. The best writer. The best correspondent. As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of Gatsby, the best of the "whole damn bunch."

He'd started in Northern Ireland and never seemed to stop. Hurling himself into the breach. Into the pulse. And the pain -- time and time again.

How many plane rides? How many careening cars? How many kisses to loved ones goodbye? How many bullets? How many bombs? How many tragedies and tears?

Bob saw everything with keen, fresh eyes. He died at 73, still curious, still doing the work, boarding the planes, asking the questions, writing the stories and making them sing.

He was a warrior poet, a traveling wordsmith whose voice was shaped by all he'd seen.

Vietnam. Somalia. South Africa. Bosnia. Haiti. Israel. Iraq. Barbarism, brutality, compassion, kindness -- Bob knew it's often intertwined. He bore witness, captured moments and saw details others routinely missed.

He also wrote sentences we had not heard -- showed us stories we had not seen -- and we were lucky he came our way.

For many of us, he was the correspondent we dreamed of being, the writer we wished we were. Not too long ago, he wrote a piece for "60 Minutes" about a choir in Kinshasa. In a place known for poverty, Bob found an ode to joy.

On this sad, senseless day, perhaps it's best to remember that."

Zimbio,com posted several photos of Anderson, below are a few.  Please click on the link to view the entire set.


AC360 Transcript
AC360 Podcast

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