November 23, 2005

Farewell, Ted

Even though I haven't watched the show probably in 6 or 7 years, I enjoyed tonight's final episode of "Nightline" with Ted Koppel. On it, Ted revisited the story of Morrie Schwartz, the former Brandeis sociology professor who inspired millions with his courage in facing slow death from Lou Gehrig's disease, after which his story was adapted into the bestseller "Tuesdays With Morrie" by his former student Mitch Albom.

I always liked the Morrie story, though I hated how my classmates at Brandeis used to try to piggyback him to campus political causes ("this isn't what Morrie would've wanted!"), and a friend once pointed out that Schwartz's philosophy was so simplistic that it was the same as Jerry Springer's: "take care of yourselves, and each other."

But regardless, good to see that footage again. And Koppel's farewell at the end was a home run, imploring viewers to continue watching the show with its new triumvirate of hosts, lest they put in a comedy show to replace it. Nice dig at Jimmy Kimmel, whose days really have to be numbered at this point.

Posted by Stephen Silver at November 23, 2005 01:22 AM
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