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February 12, 2015

CBS Newsman Bob Simon; 1941-2015

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 10:36 am

Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the party sunny, cold and calm island of Nantucket!  Great to be with you on this twelfth day of February, 2015, a chilly Thursday on the Atlantic, as the region braces itself for yet another blast of winter come Sunday night, Boston expecting a foot of snow, with the Hyannis/Hyannis Port Waterfront(s) bracing for more ferocious winds, making blizzard conditions once again a reality along New England’s southern coast…

Bob Simon, a CBS News correspondent most famous for his work on “60 Minutes”, tragically died yesterday afternoon, after a car accident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, shocking the world of journalism once again, but this time, goodbye is for real.

“It’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News”, “60 Minutes” Executive producer Jeff Fager said in a statement.  “It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.”

Over a 47 year career at CBS News, Simon earned more than 40 major awards, including 27 Emmys, believed the most ever earned for a field reporter and four Peabody Awards.  Simon’s five-decade career took him through most major overseas conflicts, spanning from the late 1960’s to present.  He joined CBS News in 1967 as a New York-based reporter and assignment editor, covering campus unrest and inner city riots.  Simon’s career in war reporting was extensive, beginning in Vietnam while based in Saigon from 1971-1972.  His reporting on war-and probably the Hanoi 1972 Spring offensive–won an Overseas Press Club award for the Best Radio Spot News for coverage of the conflict.  Simon was there for the end of the conflict and was aboard one of the last helicopters out of Saigon in 1975.  He also reported on the violence in Northern Ireland from 1969-1971 and also from war zones in Portugal, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, the Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia and American actions in Grenada, Somalia and Haiti.  Simon was named CBS News’ chief Middle East correspondent in 1987, and became the leading broadcast journalist in the region, working in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years.  During the early days of the Persian Gulf War in 1991, Simon was imprisoned and tortured by the Iraqi army along with his three colleagues. He later described the experience in a book, “Forty Days”.

Said Simon at the time, “…this was the most searing experience of my life”, going on to tell the Los Angeles Times–

“…I wrote about it because I needed to write about it.”

But Simon, ‘a reporter’s reporter’, was flexible, lending his skills to CBS’s Olympic coverage.  For the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, he reported on the failed attempt of Israeli’s secret intelligence organization, ‘the Mossad’, to avenge the attack on Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics, for which he won an Emmy.

He was considered by many, many people as one of the best at what people like him do, report the news.  One always came away with the feeling, after watching or reading one of his piece’s, that you were there.  He forced you to care and to pay attention, bringing the world to America’s collective living room for many years, sadly no more, as that beacon of light is gone forever, with only his work and good example left behind.  Bob Simon, a Bronx born Brandies grad, majoring in history (as well as a Fulbright scholar in France, and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar), will be missed by CBS, for there are few like him, reporters who find the story they want to tell, tell it and then you tell someone else, making it the story everyone is talking about…Simon is survived by his wife, Francois, his daughter, her husband and his grandson, “Jack”, described by CBS’ colleagues Fager and Rhodes as “the Joy of his life, pictures of whom adorned his office.” (credit this report to those folks).

Rest in peace, Bob Simon, rest in peace…


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