Friday, May 16, 2014

Enjoy the view Barbara and you be in touch

Today, just in case you hadn't heard, superbroadcaster Barbara Walters is retiring after a long and impressive career as the first woman to host Today, the first woman to anchor a network news program, the first woman to present regular celebrity interviews, and the creator of shows like "The View."
What can you say about Barbara Walters?  (If you run out of ideas, they will be saying plenty about her today on ABC-TV, both on her morning program "The View" and on a two hour evening special).  She has touched so many lives and blazed so many trails.  She is truly an American icon.
Yes, she was the first in so many cases, but that would be enough.  She was also the best. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1989 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame eighteen years later. She has won Daytime and Prime Time Emmy Awards, a Women in Film Lucy Award, and a GLAAD Excellence in Media award, and numerous other honors. Why? Because she does her job well.

She has paved the way for woman, but through her reporting she has done so much more.  Because she has fairly and accurately discussed so many subjects that others were afraid to, she has brought about change.  To put it simply, Barbara Walters has made a difference.

Today she retires.  Oh she says she will still contribute from time to time, but we won't see as much of her.  I miss her already but hope she enjoys her new view and hope she'll continue to be in touch.

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