June 24th, 2008 09:27 EST
When an entertainer is on the stage at Carnegie Hall, he knows he is at the most prestigious venue in the world, and that if he overcomes his nerves and performs well, his career will blossom.
When a candidate is sitting across from Tim Russert on "Meet The Press", he knows that if he can survive his encounter with Russert, it will be a big boost for his candidacy.
That chair, that decided the fortunes of so many candidates and politicians, now sits empty. In a symbolic gesture, Russert`s chair should be immediately carted away to the Smithsonian Institute, nobody will ever be able to replace him.
"Shortly after 1:30 on the afternoon of June 13, 2008, Russert collapsed at the offices of WRC-TV, which houses the Washington, D.C. bureau of NBC News where he was bureau chief. He was recording voiceovers for the Sunday edition of Meet the Press."
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It`s appropriate that Russert passed away while he was working-- his job and his family were his passions.
Russert was one of only a few journalists who was respected and loved by colleagues, competitors, politicians and the public.
On the evening of his death tributes poured in from every corner of the world. Even politicians who squirmed and blubbered while being politely interrogated by Russert had nothing but kind words to say.
Russert`s legacy of hard work, love of family and treating people with respect is one that we can all do our best to follow.