Thursday, November 09, 2006
Remembering Ed Bradley
The tributes to "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley are praising him as a pioneer, a first-rate journalist, a terrific guy. I can't speak to any of that, since I only knew Bradley the way millions of others did -- as a person on TV.

But oh, did he have an impact. Something about a Bradley interview lasted long after that night's "60 Minutes" ended.

I can still see Bradley's interview with Paul Simon, a conversation so intimate it was almost hard to watch. (Almost -- Bradley's humor and compassion always shone through.) Or his talk with Bob Dylan, unfazed by Dylan's feints and weaves. Or Lena Horne: What zest!

The thing about Bradley -- especially when talking to a musician -- was he didn't try to hide his love of the job. You could see it in the twinkle of his eye (and the gleam of his earring).

He also couldn't hide his basic decency behind a mask of journalistic dispassion. He pitched in during a rescue of the Vietnamese boat people. Narrating the event later, he was matter-of-fact about participating: "We did too," he said.

Of course.
I grew up watching Mr. Bradley on 60 Minutes and until yesterday had no idea that he was both a war and a White House correspondent. He was not only an amazing interviewer, who eschewed the bombastic approach but still delivered the goods, he was also the most singularly elegant man ever to grace modern journalism.
When you see Mr. Bradley, you couldn't help but see sauve in its ntural for of essence. His confident manner as a journalist surely has paved the way for many who are striving to become a professional in journalism. Mr. Bradley will be greatly missed.
Ed Bradley was a part of my life. While growing up, it was mandatory for the entire family to watch 60 minutes during dinnertime. He was the first black journalist, we had ever seen on television. He was also a hero to all of us watching. Mr. Bradley had a magnetic personality that came through the screen and asked the questions that we wanted to ask. The best time seeing him was while on location in Vietnam, he actually helped a young lady while filming without skipping a beat. He was smitten and flirty with Lena Horne and gave Michael Jackson, a chance to think before answering his questions. Thank you Mr.Bradley for a life well lived and certainly with a respect that cannot be duplicated. With Love Ruthie
I, as others, grew up watching Ed Bradley on 60 minutes. He was always a favorite. His voice was wonderfully intelligent, soothing, and genuine. However, I am so disappointed that this part of the blog gets three comments where Britney Spears is in the 30s and 40s. So sad.
You will be missed Mr. Bradley. You truly were an icon to me!
What a loss! Mr. Bradley combined wit & intelligence with an innate decency.
How could anyone watch him without admiration and even affection? Our family will always love him.
The wonderful thing about Ed Bradley's interviews was that you always came away from them feeling as though you had learned something - whether it was about an individual or a place or an event. Like some of the others that have posted, my family watched 60 Minutes - however his were the only ones that I truly enjoyed (Sorry to Andy Rooney and the rest of the group!). Ed Bradley was one of the individuals that made me want to be a journalist, he made me want to interview and report with both clarity and compassion.
It's not surprising that a wonderful journalist like Ed Bradley would only get 3 posts on his part of the blog and Britney Spears would get in the 30s and 40s. This is America. This should not be a surprise.
Ed Bradley - what a class act!
Rest in peace......you will be missed.
I'll miss him. What a guy.
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