Big Russ and Me
By Tim Russert
Random House Large Print, (May 11, 2004)
"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. Hardly a day goes by when I donít remember something that Big Russ taught me."
Over the last two decades, Tim Russert has become one of the most trusted and admired figures in American television journalism. Throughout his career he has spent time with presidents and popes, world leaders and newsmakers, celebrities and sports heroes, but one person stands out from the rest in terms of his strength of character, modest grace, and simple decencyóRussertís dad, Big Russ.
In this warm, engaging memoir, Russert casts a fond look back to the 1950s Buffalo neighborhood of his youth. In the close-knit Irish-Catholic community where he grew up, doors were left unlocked at night; backyard ponds became makeshift ice hockey rinks in winter; and streets were commandeered as touch football fields in the fall. And he recalls the extraordinary example of his father, a WWII veteran who worked two jobs without complaint for thirty years and taught his children to appreciate the values of self-discipline, of respect, of loyalty to friends.
Big Russ and Me, written in Russertís easygoing, straight-talking style, offers an irresistible collection of personal memories. Russert recalls the dedicated teachers who stimulated his imagination and intellect, sparking a lifelong passion for politics and journalism, and inspired a career that took him from editor of his elementary school newspaper to moderator of Meet the Press.
It has been an eventful and deeply satisfying journey, but no matter where his career has taken him, Russertís fundamental values still spring from that small house on Woodside Avenue and the special bond he shares with his fatheróa bond he enjoys now with his own son. As Tim Russert celebrates the indelible connection between fathers and sons, readers everywhere will laugh, cry, and identify with the lessons of life taught by the indomitable Big Russ.
About the Author
Tim Russert is NBC Newsís Washington bureau chief, moderator, and managing editor of Meet the Press, political analyst for Today and Nightly News, and host of the Tim Russert Show on CNBC. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, writer Maureen Orth, and their son, Luke.