Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jim McKay: 1921-2008

"When I was a kid my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They're all gone."

Jim McKay did a lot in his career, but that moment in Munich is etched in the hearts and minds of everyone who saw it live. Like Cronkite getting emotional when JFK died and during the moon landing, this was a memorable moment in live television news brought to you by a newsman, not a live feed.

God bless and keep Jim McKay. Amen.


FranIAm said...

I did not know - may he rest in peace.

dguzman said...

He was a good egg. His voice and mannerisms are etched in my childhood memories; so many episodes of Wide World of Sports.

Sheesh. He was a class act.