Okay, Mr. Tom Brokaw, I saw you on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart the other night. It was good to see you pontificating on the ins and outs of the political happenings of our nation once again. Gracious, I've missed your daily presence since your retirement. After all, you life and my life have had so many parallels.
In so many ways, my entire life has been spent in a futile effort to catch up with you. With your birth being two months short of two years before mine, you have always, in so many ways, had a bit more maturity, a bit more experience, a bit more cultivation than have I. It's been a futile effort over the years to try and “catch up” with you.
You and I have shared so many common experiences. You were the oldest son. I was the oldest son. As such, both of us know the awesome responsibility of guiding and directing, inspiring and coaching the siblings that tagged along behind us. I wish I could have a personal talk with you sometime about the ups and downs of being the inspiration for younger siblings.
We both spent our earlier years during World War II. Your dad was in the Army. So was mine. You, as do I, remember the rationing, sitting by the big console radio listening to President Roosevelt's Fireside Chats. You, as do I, must remember the Korean Conflict. And you and I share the common experience of being evacuated from our schools in practice for the possibility of an atomic attack by Russia.
We had other common experiences. You dropped out of college. I did, too. But we both finished later at other institutions of higher education. We both started our carers in small towns. Our paths actually crossed once. If I remember correctly it was in 1966. You were working at WSB-TV in Atlanta. I was there for some reason that escapes me now. We passed in the hallway.
Gracious, it's amazing how much we have in common. We both have gone through life making our living with words. We both married beautiful women. You'll have to take my word for it that the women I married were beautiful. I don't have certification as you do since you married Miss South Dakota.
We've both written a couple of books. Yours did sell a few more copies than mine, but I refuse to let that change the fact of our common accomplishment. I notice that, in your retirement, you seem to be sought after as a person of tremendous wisdom who can provide insight into the issues of the day. The same is true of me. Although, while you're sought as a major news personality by network shows, those seeking my input tend to be grandchildren.
I guess it just shows that while we've shared the same events of life, you've been able to be a bit more polished, a bit more renowned, well, let's just say it: a bit more famous than I.
There is one area, however, I think I have you beat. As I mentioned, I saw you on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. I noticed with that appearance we have another thing in common. We both have that extra weight around the waist so many of our age group possess. I don't know how to put this delicately. Look, give me a call. My diet is working.