Thursday, November 09, 2006

In Memory of Ed Bradley

Today is Thursday, 9 November 2006.

With great sorrow, The Museum of the Bourgeois memorializes the life of Ed Bradley.

A great journalist, and a great human being.

Your author had the honour of meeting him.

It would have been ca. 1988, when HH was co-producing the annual New York Folk Festival. Mr. Bradley had consented to introduce a rising young jazz guitarist, and make some general remarks about jazz, of which he was a great fan.

A few days before the event, Mr. Bradley called me. Class: not an assistant, but The Man himself, to tell me that he had been called away on assignment, and that he greatly regretted he couldn’t be there. I asked if it would be too great an imposition to ask if he would record his introduction on video, and he immediately agreed.

The next day, I sat in the control room of a CBS studio, watching him flawlessly record. I will always recall how gracious and gentlemanly he was.

The Museum of the Bourgeois extends sympathy to his family and friends.

Such a loss, at such an early age.

“Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”


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