Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Where Have All the Good People Gone?

On Thursday, November 9, 2006, the world lost Ed Bradley, a long time black journalist on the CBS show 60 Minutes, to leukemia. Ed Bradley was one of the shows pillars, who had been reporting for more than a quarter of a century on the Sunday night show and if you had ever watched Ed at work, you would know that he was more than just a reporter.

Ed took reporting to the next level. He was a dedicated individual that represented the highest standards of his craft and a reporter that inspired a whole generation of journalists with a calm elegance that was never an act. He spent his 26-year career rooting out the truth, exposing the dark side of the human condition, celebrating the best of individual behavior, and enjoyed every minute along the way doing this. The unique thing about Ed Bradley was that he was so thought provoking, he actual let people reveal themselves. Asking the un-askable and having the confidence in actually saying the things that people would only dare to think would not be uncommon. I remember one interview where he asked Michael Jackson about his sleeping behaviors. “Do you still think that it’s acceptable to share your bed with children?” Ed asked Jackson. A question that some people would think of, yet, most would never ask. He was an individual that had the persistence and stubbornness to get only the goods he was after.

Ed Bradley was well liked and well respected. Many will miss him because of his abilities but even more because of his attitude. He leaves a legacy similar to that of Terry Fox, Princess Diana, and Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter) – a humble, hard working, dedicated, and relentless individual that was committed to be the best at what he was so passionate about…and we’re unfortunate that leaders such as himself have to leave us all before their times are up.

The world needs more good people like Ed Bradley!

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