I put aside Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band long enough in the summer of 1968 to discover my second passion in life. I remember sitting in front of the TV, mesmerized by the political conventions. My parents watched their rather pudgy young son captivated by such grown up matters, presumably retrieving hope on a boy dizzy by the turntable of the phonograph. Maybe they thought I would go into politics, public service, or law.
But it wasn't Humphrey, Nixon, or the police clashing with protesters in the streets of Chicago that turned me into a news junkie. Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, that's what I couldn't get enough of. The story played a part, but the story tellers, that's what did it for me.
Now I tell stories. I get up at 2:44 a.m. Monday through Friday to anchor NBC Right Now Local News Today, a two-and-a-half hour newscast that in my twenty-some years in journalism is probably my best gig yet.