60 Minutes – An American Institution

60 Minutes60 Minutes has been on the air since 1968, a year before I was born. In the 38 years since then it has become known as the nation’s preeminent investigative television program and the “news magazine” to which all others attempt to live up to — but don’t. In terms of ratings, it has been in the top ten 23 seasons in a row, never falling out of the top 20 for as long as it has been on the air.

But, as the show grows older, so do its people — the people that have made it what it is today. Ed Bradley’s passing today (Nov. 9, 2006) reminded me of how the 60 Minutes that I’ve grown to love, that I was raised watching, and that has become part of most all my Sunday nights won’t be the same forever. Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Andy Rooney, and the show’s creator, Don Hewitt, are all getting older; they won’t be part of the show for the rest of its life on the air. But then Harry Reasoner wasn’t part of it forever either. His leaving didn’t destroy the show… I guess it’s just that people die. (No surprise there, huh?!) I just hope that my ideal of what 60 Minutes is doesn’t die along with them. This is not to say that the rest of the cast is not top notch, but for whatever reason, it’s the people that I’ve watched all these years that made the show what it is — for me.

Long live the ‘show of all shows’! And, farewell Ed… You’ll be missed.

This entry was posted in People, Ramblings.

3 Comments

  1. fattkidd November 10, 2006 at 11:52 am #

    much better on the site.
    Was Ed Bradly gay? Just wondering. He sported the left ear ring and shit so, I always wondered. Not that it matters, just curious. Still a great reporter. Hey, at least they have Katie Couric now!!!! NOT!

  2. Wade November 10, 2006 at 12:34 pm #

    So true brother. It is the pinacle of all news/stories. Ed Bradley along with Mike Wallace, Morley, and Andy have built something of value and Quality. I too was raised on 60 minutes. It still and will always be a Sunday evening tradition. When Harry Reasons died it should me that my favorite “News Magazine” on Sunday night was not to be forever. Ed leaving makes me sad, but proud to say that 60 mintes has help, assisted, and made me better.

    Ed Bradley and the whole 60 minutes organization is what is right. It is pure. This seems to be a thing of the past in TV. May people forever understand the power and stature of this great show.

    I hear ya Brother, “Don’t Sing It, If You Can’t Bring It.”

    Thanks.

  3. Babsy November 12, 2006 at 4:09 pm #

    Ed was cool as hell and was always able to conduct his interviews in a way that seemed less tabliod-ish. Like the one he did with Aretha and Lena Horn…those were classics.

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