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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:00 PM

An era passes, a legend passes, and I lose a friend. RIP Helen Thomas.

As was posted already here, my longtime friend Helen Thomas has died. I had messaged a few (a few? a hundred of you!! Thanks to every one!) who asked about my last dinner with her back in April, and I said then that I was worried about her. She showed serious signs of having had a few strokes and was very feeble. I feared, correctly, that this might be the last time I would see her.

Helen never said she was perfect, and got bamboozled by a Jewish guy out on a mission to "get" the most prominent Arab-American journalist in a gotcha moment. Well, congratulations, you managed, but history will remember Helen forever, and no one remembers your name and never will. Helen never bothered to stoop to "many of my best friends are Jewish," but many of them were--including my father, who knew her since JFK was president (maybe even before--I never asked). I had known her since I could talk, and way before I had the faintest idea what an Arab was, much less a "Christian Lebanese."

Helen was fearless during her career, always a vocal pacifist with a bullshit detector that most interrogators would give their left pinky for. She challenged those presidents that had a brain and/or a conscience, and terrified those with neither, which might well be why Bush Lite refused to acknowledge her presence in the White House press room for years.

She saw herself not as a woman journalist, but as a journalist, and thus made history as the first prominent American woman journalist to gain national and international accolades.

At her favorite restaurant, Mama Ayesha's on Calvert Street in Washington, we often sat together at "Helen's table," and munched on "Helen's Salad," an appetizer the restaurant had named after her. We dissected politics mercilessly, as no one was listening, and our only interruptions were food being delivered or admirers stopping to say hi or asking for autographs.

One of my proudest achievements was managing to organize a lunch meeting with Helen and Howard Dean, whom she had never really met until then. That was three years ago.

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Helen loved Howard, and gave him her highest possible praise: "He's not at all like a politician."

No one lasts forever, and after our last meeting, I had an eerie feeling that her time was near. And so it was. But Helen lives on as a shining beacon of what courage in journalism is and should be, and mostly isn't any more.

I'll miss her as a friend. The country should miss her as a courageous, uncompromising, and dedicated journalist--one the finest that ever sat in the White House press room--or ANY press room, for that matter.

Times past: on one of what Helen used to call our "hot dates," breakfast in Washington with my younger daughter, my wife and me:

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Reply An era passes, a legend passes, and I lose a friend. RIP Helen Thomas. (Original post)
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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:03 PM

1. KNR and condolences. She will be missed. n/t

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:04 PM

2. May she rest in peace.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:08 PM

3. Thank you for sharing this story...

I've admired Helen Thomas for years and remember her sparring with JFK in his press conferences, which were memorable in their own right. She was a journalist of the old school-interested in the facts and not afraid to confront those in the highest echelons of power. May she rest in peace!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:08 PM

4. my condolences, DFW

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:08 PM

5. Thank you for sharing!

Is there a memorial fund or cause? Perhaps a journalism scholarship or chair?

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:12 PM

9. I'll try to find out.

It's a little early. I left a message on the answering machine of her private home number. I'll post if I hear anything. She had a fairly large extended family, and I'm sure they will need some time for all that comes now.

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Response to DFW (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:17 PM

11. Of course, I wasn't really thinking

All in due time, I know you'll keep us informed.

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:25 PM

15. That I will! n/t

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:09 PM

6. ....

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:09 PM

7. Fascinating life

And, more important, she seemed like she was a lot of fun to be around.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:14 PM

10. You know? She WAS fun to be around.

Like most intelligent people, she had a wicked sense of humor.

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Response to DFW (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 06:49 PM

81. I caught that from her...

 

I thought it was funny when she said a Carter Press Conference was like going to Sunday School.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:12 PM

8. What a beautiful tribute to a lady we all owe much to

She asked the questions people wanted answers to, and not the questions others asked that only distracted from the real issues. She was a gutsy lady, not perfect, but very human--and she never compromised her values or ideals.

How fortunate you were to have been friends with her. She will always be remembered, she's an American journalism icon.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:17 PM

12. Thanks DFW....

Knew I'd see a report from you given your closeness to her. Have always enjoyed your posts about her...and condolences to you in your loss of a wonderful cherished lifetime friend.

She will be truly missed by those of us who remember her reporting. We won't see any like her ever again. She was unique in both the quality of her reporting and personal integrity. From another time when that stuff like that mattered much more than today.

She will be truly missed by all of us who remember her reporting and contributions to trying to keep our Presidents accountable.




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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:18 PM

13. What a beautiful tribute, and what priceless memories.

 

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear friend.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:19 PM

14. Thanks for this and your previous stories about Helen.

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:26 PM

16. K&R

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:27 PM

17. HT was a national treasure. Condolences to you DFW, and to all who had the privilege...

... of knowing Helen Thomas. When I heard the news this morning, I thought of you immediately ... and of JFK and all the other presidents she had sparred with.

Helen passes into history.

Hekate

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:29 PM

18. Helen was admirable and an inspiration. RIP N/t

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:30 PM

19. Well Colbert can rest easier ;)

but the rest of us may have to take a moment.


Your friend was a great person.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:44 PM

20. I'm sad, and grateful.

All I can say is I wish people would listen to wisdom. The world really can be a good and peaceful place. I know it. I preach it. We can be responsible. We can be forgiving.

I love what Helen stood for and who she was. She was, and will be, an inspiration. But like I said in another post, I know how hard and disturbing it is to have vision. Sometimes I think that's what really ages us.

Thank you again for sharing with us.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:47 PM

21. Sad News

I will miss her. She got the royal shunning treatment here by the never forgive crowd, but I appreciated her candor and bravery in her career. RIP

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:50 PM

22. Thank you

She was an amazing human being.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:51 PM

23. You were the first person I thought of when I read she died. I am sorry for you lose

 

of a dear friend. We will all miss her. She always asked the right questions and it didn't matter if they were republican or democrat. We are missing someone like her in the white house press room today. She asked important questions and not the I gottcha to make the person look stupid. That is what I will miss about her.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:52 PM

24. Deepest sympathy DFW and thank you for

posting about Helen for ages.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:55 PM

25. K&R

And may she always set a standard for journalistic excellence. I mourn your personal loss.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 01:57 PM

26. Thanks DFW

What a lovely post to share with us.

I always admired her and find it special to read about these get togethers.

I send my condolences.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:04 PM

27. Thank you for sharing. Please accept my condolences. nt

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:09 PM

28. RIP Helen

you were the best! Thank You!!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:12 PM

29. Thank you, DFW, for the many times you've generously shared your inside scoops with us

My heart sank this morning when I saw the news of her passing; I immediately thought of you, too. Your relationship with her became our relationship with her. I've admired her all these years, and your stories and photos brought her even closer.

I want to express my respect for Helen Thomas, and my condolences to you on the loss of your friend.

Thank you, Helen. And thank you, too, DFW, for your generosity in sharing.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:14 PM

30. RIP Helen.

I don't know her religion, but if there ever would be a patron saint of journalists, it should be her. What a privilege you had in knowing her personally.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #30)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:59 PM

67. For your information, she was a Lebanese Christian

She didn't take religion all too seriously herself, but that was her background. The coal mining region of the Appalachians must have attracted Christian Lebanese in the early part of the 20th century, because I had a friend named Kamal when I was going to college in Pennsylvania, and he was a Christian Lebanese from West Virginia. At the time I thought how weird it was having an Arab-American friend who talked like a hillbilly, but the region must have had quite a few Lebanese about 100 years ago. Helen's family moved to Michigan when she was a tot, which is why she never acquired a hillbilly accent.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:15 PM

31. I thought of you when I heard the news and knew I would find a generous tribute to her here.


Thanks.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:17 PM

32. RIP Helen Thomas and my condolences for losing a friend, thanks for your reports and pms

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:23 PM

33. Thank you for the post.

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:27 PM

34. ()


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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:34 PM

35. fantastic tribute to a great woman....

thanks for this.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:36 PM

36. My very sincere condolences to you, DFW...

 

...and my wish for the GREAT Helen Thomas to cross gently to her destination.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:37 PM

37. She is indeed a legend. Thank you

I don't think we will ever be graced with the likes of her again.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:37 PM

38. Thank You

for giving DU a small connection to Helen, it has been an honor.

Respectfully,
Agony

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:52 PM

39. another pic



Michael Barbaro-
And what a photo: Helen and the Boys, who so vastly outnumbered but never overshadowed her. pic.twitter.com/oxZCfxkjCc

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Response to n2doc (Reply #39)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:39 PM

102. Wow, that one takes my breathe away. So long ago and I saw it all..

First time I saw Helen at a press conference, JFK was pres. I was 14 and inspired by her.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:58 PM

40. RIP Helen...

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:01 PM

41. I always thought if anybody could back down the Reaper it would be Helen. Rest easy, Great Lady.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:02 PM

42. Very sorry for your loss

It is a sad loss for all of us.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:06 PM

43. What a privilege to call her a friend.




How much I envy you for this. How heartsick I feel for your loss.


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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:06 PM

44. My heart goes out to you, my dear DFW...

I hoped you would come and talk to us about your incredible friendship and all it entailed. And so you have.

This post of yours tells us so eloquently what a treasure she was!

Thank you so much...

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:08 PM

45. The duty of the journalist is to seek the truth and provide a fair and

 

comprehensive account of events and issues. Helen Thomas was an iconic, professional journalist who embraced and advanced these values. She was someone we could count on to ask the critical and important questions of the day. Helen was someone we could trust.

We are all feeling her loss today. The loss must be even greater for those who had the privilege of knowing her as a friend. So sorry DFW.


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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:09 PM

46. k&r thanks for posting.

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:10 PM

47. (((((((Helen)))))))

 





Peace...

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:22 PM

48. RIP Helen

As a Canadian I admired her courage and morals and spirit. She is what many Canadians think of as an example of what a great American is.

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #48)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 09:59 PM

92. And you would be right.

I know at least one great Canadian, as well. While his uncle was getting all the attention as PM, Raymond Chrétien was doing your country proud as the finest foreign service officer I ever met of ANY county. After his stint as your ambassador to the USA, which is when I first met him, he then finished up his long career as Canadian ambassador to France. During that time, there was an outbreak of some horrible disease in Zaire, where he had also served. Raymond didn't hesitate, and took off from his fancy digs on the Faubourg Ste. Honoré to help out with the victims in Africa. Raymond was never afraid to get his hands dirty to help out.

Many countries have their unsung heroes. Raymond is one of yours. Helen is one of ours.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:31 PM

49. So sorry to hear this

and sorry for the loss of your dear friend Helen. I was just at the JFK library yesterday and while I was there saw a video clip with her asking a question at one of his press conferences. I immediately recognized her voice and was not surprised they used a clip of her asking a question because she always asked such good questions. How lucky you were to know her and thanks for sharing all your wonderful stories about her.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:38 PM

50. Love you, Helen!

Wonderful tribute. I was looking the other day at the picture of 1,000 roses.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:41 PM

51. K&R

A lovely tribute for a lovely woman... RIP Helen.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:52 PM

52. I respect the honesty and tenacity she brought to her craft, and

especially how she stood with steeled determination when others tried to marginalize her.

Loved her wit and charm. Sorry for your loss, DFW.

rip dear Helen

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:52 PM

53. She opened doors for women

We owe her a debt of gratitude. May she rest in peace.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:53 PM

54. Thank you, DFW.

A wonderful remembrance. Indeed, Helen's life is now part of history.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:54 PM

55. So sorry for you loss DFW

and the loss of a great person. Thank you for always sharing with us.
She will be very much missed

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:55 PM

56. DFW, hadn't seen this awesome tribute!

Messaged you twice earlier on this and you have indeed lived in the presence of greatness. Not just Helen. Thanks...

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:58 PM

57. So sorry for your loss...

If there is a God, a Jesus, a Mohammed or a Buddha she is in front of them now, asking the tough questions in her inimitable way.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 03:59 PM

58. I'm sorry, DFW -- we have ALL lost a treasure, and you your long-time friend.

I always enjoyed your Helen reports and appreciate your sharing with us allowing us to know Helen just a wee bit better.

Rest in peace, Helen. May you rest from your labors for your good deeds go with you.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:15 PM

59. I'm thankful that we had someone with her passion asking the tough questions.

May those in her profession follow her lead.
Thank you Helen. ♥
And thank you DFW, for sharing moments of your friendship with Helen, with DU.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:15 PM

60. Glad to see your post, DFW- I don't think there will be another Helen...

No, never. She played it straight as a WH correspondent. And, as you say, I'll BET she had a good BS meter. Thank you for introducing Howard to her. I still have hopes...

And, thanks again for sharing more of your personal space about her. Sure was thinking about you today.

((( ( )))

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:17 PM

61. My deepest sympathies to you and yours, DFW.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:18 PM

62. R.I.P. Helen Thomas.

 

She may not have been perfect, but she DID open a lot of doors for women and was a pretty talented journalist. Rest In Peace.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:30 PM

63. DFW....my sympathy to you, your family, Helen's family and to all who knew her

Thank you for all of the posts you made over the years to update us on Helen. May she rest in peace.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:39 PM

64. Kicked!....Thanks for your beautiful post, DFW.

Helen Thomas was, and will remain, one of my heroes.

"This is the worst President ever. George W. Bush is the worst President in all of American history."......Helen Thomas

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:51 PM

65. We shall not see her like again...

Thanks, DFW.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 04:53 PM

66. Amazing tribute. Did not know that about Mama Ayesha's. My Mom was a waitress there in the 70s.

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Response to Kennah (Reply #66)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:11 PM

70. Wow!

Then she MUST have known Helen, right?

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Response to DFW (Reply #70)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:28 PM

95. She never mentioned her there at the restaurant.

Might have just respected her privacy and didn't talk about seeing her there. My younger brother and I were there a couple of times for employee Christmas Parties. I would have been probably 7 or 8. Might have seen her and not known it.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:03 PM

68. My condolences to you and your family.

This passing is all the more sad as we no longer have many journalists left. (Merely the glorified stenographers of the major networks.)

Thank you for sharing your friendship with Helen with all of us here.

Your accounts of HT got me through many a dark day under the George the Lesser Administration.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:08 PM

69. Remember when DU sent Helen a roomfull of roses? Pictures someone?

That was a great DU moment -- Baby Caligula's mouthpiece was dissing her in the WH press room, I think in part by seating her in the back with the cub reporters and in part by just ignoring her, such cowards!

DU -- as it was then -- did a wonderful thing by honoring her with a delivery of vase after vase of roses, which she then made sure were donated to hospitals.



Hekate

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Response to Hekate (Reply #69)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:13 PM

71. Check out the other posts on Helen today

I remember seeing some of the roses pics on one of them.

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Response to helderheid (Reply #74)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:01 PM

122. Thanks for that memory, helderheid

I still love DU, but it will probably never be as dear to me as it was during the occupation of the White House by the unelected shrub. Moments like the rose donation kept me going back then!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:17 PM

72. RIP, Helen, and THANK YOU!

I couldn't have said it any better:

Helen lives on as a shining beacon of what courage in journalism is and should be, and mostly isn't any more.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:18 PM

73. To all who have posted on this thread and to those who still will post

My heartfelt thanks to all for joining in this tribute.

And to those who still harbor ill will toward her, thanks for not injecting unwelcome negativity. This one time, I think we could all do without it.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:56 PM

75. Thank you, DFW.

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear friend and my hero.

I once e-mailed her to tell her I wished she could be cloned. She e-mailed back and thanked me for the compliment. She always e-mailed back. I admired her tenacity for more than 50 years. She will be missed.

RIP, Mrs Thomas.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 05:58 PM

76. K&R

 

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 06:00 PM

77. She was a journalist.

She did not curry favor with the powerful. Today's corporate newsmodels aren't fit to shine her shoes. RIP, Helen.

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 06:03 PM

78. I am so very sorry, DFW. She was a true treasure. nt

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 06:12 PM

79. she stood up to Bush/Cheney when few had the courage

in Bush era press conferences she was like the boy in The Emperor's New Clothes; such a relief to hear a voice of sanity when the press corps had become so compliant

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 06:45 PM

80. Beautifully written tribute to a wonderful, courageous woman who was only enhanced by who her

'enemies' turned out to be. With Ari Fleischer topping the list. A tribute to her indeed. If only our 'leaders' and her cowardly fellow 'journalists' had had the courage to stand up for her. But sadly, we don't have many courageous leaders and certainly few 'journalists' in this period of our history.

But what was truly moving as her right wing enemies attacked her was the overwhelming support she received from everyone else.

RIP Helen. You have been missed

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 07:22 PM

82. Thank You

Thank you Helen for everything that you have given this country, rest in peace you deserve it.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 07:25 PM

83. May I offer my most sincere condolences my dear DFW

 

It always sucks to lose friends, but she is now a part of history. She helped to write the first draft of it for half a century. I hope some young reporters learn of what she did, and take it to heart. That includes asking the hard questions.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 07:44 PM

84. I'm so sorry for your loss, DFW: for all of us who loved her, too.

She was a great woman, and I am grateful to you for bringing us so many personal stories about her these past few years. I will always remember her for the good work she did, and for the great voice she gave us all.

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 07:49 PM

85. so sorry for you, for her, for all of us

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 08:09 PM

86. Beautiful post. I would love to have known her. ~nt~

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Sat Jul 20, 2013, 08:57 PM

87. Helen was one of my heroes....

her work should be required reading. We will all miss her clear voice.

DFW

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 09:09 PM

88. I've admired Helen for decades

She will be greatly missed. My condolences for the loss of your good friend.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 09:14 PM

89. She was an amazing human being DFW

You will have stories to share with your family for generations to come. I hope your family and her family and all her friends get through these next few weeks with more smiles then tears. /hug

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 09:29 PM

90. K&R

Helen was the best, DFW. You was so lucky to know Helen personally and share time with her. I know you and your family will miss her. Deepest sympathy.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 09:30 PM

91. She was one of the best of the best.

DFW, you were lucky to have known her & you treated her with utmost regard & respect.

I wrote her an e-mail once to express my admiration for her & she was gracious enough to send me a reply. She was not beyond the many minions like me who wrote to her; she actually appreciated our opinions.

Rest in peace, Ms. Helen.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #91)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:03 PM

93. Helen was never "too important" to answer correspondance.

She was never a media star. She never strove to be one. She was a media icon, although she never strove to be that either.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:27 PM

94. I'm sorry for your loss.

I had the privilege of seeing her speak at my brother's college graduation.
She was awesome.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:29 PM

96. My sincere condolences on your loss

She was and will remain a hero of mine.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:31 PM

97. I am sorry for the loss of your friend DFW

and I am sorry for all of us for we have lost one of the last people who never sold out and who looked out for us.

Godspeed Helen.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 10:38 PM

98. Here's a little story Helen used to tell about JFK

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Maybe because they were so close in age, despite Kennedy's patrician background and Helen's working class background, but JFK remained her favorite president.

One day Kennedy was about to be part of a St. Patrick's Day parade, and he had been talking to Helen just before he was to leave for the parade. Kennedy invited her to walk alongside him. She reminded him that she wasn't exactly Irish. Kennedy just remarked, "nobody's perfect," and kept her by his side.

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Response to DFW (Reply #98)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:07 PM

100. What a wonderful memory. Thanks for sharing.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your long time friend. She was a treasure and inspiration.

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Response to DFW (Reply #98)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 02:53 AM

110. What a wonderful story!

My condolences to you and her family.

She is one of my heros, may she Rest in Peace

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Response to DFW (Reply #98)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 06:39 AM

112. He was my favorite President, too.

And Helen was my favorite journalist. What a gift she was to all of us! She is sorely missed.

Thank you for sharing your precious remembrances of her with us, DFW. My sincere condolences to you.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:04 PM

99. Helen Thomas was a national treasure. She will be missed. K&R

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:11 PM

101. I will certainly miss her!

RIP

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:43 PM

103. Wow, what a woman! She proved a woman could do it..

I've been missing her for a while.

Thank you for this story.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #103)

Sat Jul 20, 2013, 11:52 PM

104. She had been ill for a while

Never one to complain about it, she didn't. Even so, the last time I saw her, which was almost 3 months ago, I knew she was fading.

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Response to DFW (Reply #104)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 02:47 PM

139. I'm so sorry for your personal loss.

We all knew she was special right from the start. How fortunate for you be her friend.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #139)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 06:47 PM

140. It's hard to accept that someone you've known for deacdes is no longer there

The fact that she was of national prominence didn't sink in on us (my siblings and me) until long after we had met her. In those days, I had no clue what "national prominence" was anyway. At the Democratic Convention in 1960 in L.A., where JFK was nominated, when we were meeting with Hubert Humphrey, a long time family friend through my father's mom, my dad told me to say "hope you get the nomination." I had to make him repeat the word to me twice, as I had no earthly idea what a "nomination" was. I was more interested in getting to visit Disneyland.

Helen, for all her feistyness and fame, remained a humble person at heart, always thanking my brother and me for taking the time to go out to dinner with her or have breakfast with her at the Hay-Adams if she needed to be at the White House that morning. As if we were doing HER a favor. We just enjoyed each other's company, that's all. She leaves a gaping hole on many levels.

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Response to DFW (Reply #140)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:26 PM

142. That's one thing that made her special. She didn't forget where she came from or who she was..

she was one of us and she asked the questions we wanted answers to.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:04 AM

105. AP did a decent package on her--it's brief but it hits the major points.



Never a dull moment when she was around...

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Response to MADem (Reply #105)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:59 AM

108. Nice.

Thanks for that.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:13 AM

106. She is missed. She was a lovely lady and a great journalist.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:13 AM

107. Thanks for sharing this with us, DFW!

I had the privilege of meeting her quite awhile ago while I was still with the A.P. and she was keynote speaker at one of our regional conventions. I admired her so much - I was so intimidated I could hardly burble four or five words when we were introduced. A one-woman Modern-American-History book.

I remember when she was rudely sent to the back of the room, her seat center-front in the White House press room where she'd presided while covering DECADES of Presidents yanked from her because she dared to ask uncomfortable questions of the bush/cheney schmucks. Those were questions that not one of the other pantywaists and brown-nosers and cowards in what I came to regard as the White House Press Corpse was willing to ask. Not one of them was worthy of touching the hem of her garment, or hell, even getting near enough to tell what color fabric it was.

We are all the poorer for her passing.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 02:46 AM

109. ......

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 05:06 AM

111. K&R

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 06:42 AM

113. We were fortunate to have her as long as we did.

Rest In Peace, Helen. We are both glad and grateful that you lived.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 07:41 AM

114. What a beautiful tribute to a friend.

She was a light of truth to so many of us. I loved reading about your dinners with her. They humanized a National Treasure. Cherish your memories. I'll be thinking of you during these sad days.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 08:02 AM

115. I'm so sorry for your

personal loss and I also grieve for the country's loss.

She was the epitome of what a real journalist should be, I'm afraid we won't see the likes of her again anytime soon.

Thanks, DFW for your many posts and pictures through the years, I always looked forward to them and enjoyed them.

Rest well, Helen.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 09:15 AM

116. So sorry for your loss, DFW.

Truly, I feel like we've all lost a friend, though I know that your loss is much more tangible than ours.

I can't remember not knowing who Helen Thomas was. I don't remember being told, or even reading about her or seeing her interviewed. (I suspect she was much more comfortable as the bearer of news, rather than the subject of it.) I just always knew she was the woman in the front row at the press conferences, and I always knew to listen when she talked, and read what she wrote.

Again, sincere condolences.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 10:03 AM

117. Very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. nt

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 10:23 AM

118. My heartfelt condolences DFW.

I remember your first (?) post about Helen. You explained how you came to know and love this irreplaceable lady.

I have lived vicariously through your posts about Helen. They made me feel like I knew her also.

Thank you for that.

Because of those posts, I realize that the world lost more than a fearless Journalist, we lost a very precious lady.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 10:26 AM

119. Deepest condolences, DFW.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 11:31 AM

120. Helen was one of the best of the last of the good journalists in DC. RIP. Condolences.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 11:49 AM

121. K&R RIP. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:34 PM

123. She will be sorely missed.

I'm sure losing her as a friend compounds her passing for you.
But the thought of all those politicians on the other side shaking in their shoes as they watch her cross over brings a smile to my face. Give 'em hell, Helen. Have fun.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 12:40 PM

124. At the risk of repeating myself,

Thanks to all of you for your comments. My loss is one of a friend, albeit a very special friend.

But the country's loss is the greater one. I have other friends. The country does not have another Helen Thomas.

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Response to DFW (Reply #124)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 01:04 PM

125. We have lost much in losing Helen

It's not often someone of such spirited soul comes along and creates such positive change.
And thanks to you for your generous sharing of you times with her.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 01:27 PM

126. I met her a few years ago

She came and spoke at my Library, and I remember her assistant saying, "Helen is moving a little slower these days," but you'd have never known it. She took the stage in front of a packed room and spoke for 50 minutes without que cards or notes, then stayed for almost two hours to meet people afterward. She leaves a legacy that reporters today would do well to study.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 01:28 PM

127. I loved her.

 

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 05:12 PM

128. I had a bit part in a video spoofing Bush, with a Helen Thomas impersonator - links here:


Video is short version, there's a link to longer version below.



http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/8887a38612/worst-presnadent-ever-the-movie-edition-from-charlie-imes

She was a legend, and years later I had the pleasure of meeting her in person and reading her book.

I wish they could clone her - we need more journalists with her courage.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 06:04 PM

129. I am truly sorry for your loss, DFW...

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 07:16 PM

130. You are a fortunate man.

I envy your friendship with Helen.
We will surely miss her.
The nation will, whether they know it or not.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2013, 09:48 PM

131. RIP Helen

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:21 AM

132. (( DFW ))

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:46 AM

133. Toon for you

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Response to n2doc (Reply #133)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 11:43 AM

135. Ha! Perfect! n/t

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 09:53 AM

134. I'm sorry for the loss of such a great friend, DFW.

It would have been an honor to have counted Helen as a friend. I'm sorry that I never had the opportunity to meet her.

I saw a clip from some old interview and she mentioned that, of the presidents in office during her time as a WH correspondent, her favorite was Kennedy and that she also liked Clinton (although she said that she gave him a tough time). LOL!!

My condolences to her loved ones.



P.S. You have a lovely family.

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Response to Beacool (Reply #134)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 11:50 AM

136. Helen gave ALL of them a tough time.

She considered that her job description. Much as she liked Howard, she remarked that if he had ever become president, she would have given hm a tough time as well. She saw keeping power accountable to those that bestow it a sacred duty of the press. To her, the failure to question the bogus reason for invading Iraq was the worst shirking of duty of a press corps in history.

Nice of you to say that about my family. Good thing my wife's genes are dominant!

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Response to DFW (Reply #136)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 01:04 PM

138. Yes, indeed they are. Your daughter is very pretty.

As for Helen, being a tough questioner is the job of a good journalist. I'm sure that most of them didn't resent her for it.



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Response to Beacool (Reply #138)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 06:50 PM

141. I think many of her colleagues secretly wished they dared to be like her

Helen was never subject to the peer/editorial pressure so many others are. Her "you can't mess with me" attitude was for real.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 12:13 PM

137. Helen: What an original!

There will never be another like her. May she rest in peace knowing that she did MUCH to better the world!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 12:51 AM

143. My sincere condolences DFW. We lost a great one.

But Helen lives on as a shining beacon of what courage in journalism is and should be, and mostly isn't any more.

That statement says much more than I could. Helen was truly one of my heroes. Too many times she was the only rational voice standing up to the cheney*/bush* juggernaut and asking the questions that every other reporter should have been asking.

Again, my most sincere condolences.

Thank you for sharing your Helen stories with us, and especially, this last, tender one.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 03:10 AM

144. I am so very sorry, my friend. Loved the pix and the stories...

What an amazing legacy! I hope that you let her know how many devoted admirers she had here.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #144)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 11:45 AM

145. I did indeed let her know

After the "day of the roses," she certainly knew about DU, and I always told her that she had a great number of admirers on the couple of blogs I post on. She almost believed it.

Actually, she was aware of the importance she had. There were enough documentaries about her made during her lifetime, and in whose production she necessarily participated. She just never really made any kind of a big deal about it. She sometimes would indicate a preference for a dinner date due to some filming schedule or other, but that was about the extent she mentioned the documentaries about her unless I asked for details. She just wasn't interested in rehashing the day's film segments. She was more interested in discussing politics.

She always thought her prominence was due to a lack of spine among her colleagues rather than any greatness on her part. My dad was kind of like that, too (maybe that's why they got along so well), although his beat was upstate New York and the Great Lakes, not the White House. While Helen was always in and out of 1600, my dad was more often at the Canadian Embassy or on the Hill chasing down Senators and Congressmen from Great Lakes states. He got enough irritated calls from the offices of both Democratic and Republican members of Congress to know that he had asked the "wrong (and thus right)" questions every now and then. Helen, of course, not only knew she was making waves, it was her every intention. She just thought it was wrong that she stood out so much in doing so.

Blogs were never her "thing" but she always answered email addressed to her, no matter who you were. Of all the press "stars" out there, Helen was the one who was never "too important" to at least acknowledge email while she was active. Good luck getting an email back from any of today's media personalities.

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