Listeners Miss Daniel Schorr

Host Scott Simon reads reactions from NPR listeners to the passing of NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

As we remember Dan Schorr on our program today, we want to share some of our listeners' thoughts.

Katherine Price of Centennial, Colorado, writes: When I was growing up, I used to crawl into my parents' bed very early in the morning. They always had their table radio tuned to the news, and I would often hear the voice of Daniel Schorr as it crackled across continents, telling of world events in a calm and authoritative voice. I will miss hearing his wisdom and the perspective he had from a long life lived in the service of informing, not entertaining, the American people.

From Pineville, North Carolina, Larry Miller writes: I so looked forward to hearing not just his extremely valuable thoughts about events in this world, but even just his voice - his clarity, his integrity, his balance. His continued high intelligence and acuity were and are a beacon of hope for all of us who want to continue and be functional into old age. Dan Schorr was himself a lesson.

John Shambley(ph) in Athens, Georgia, says: When Walter Cronkite passed away last year, Mr. Schorr said his legacy is the legacy of the one who used to be called Uncle Walter by many people. His legacy is that there was a time when people told us things that we believed in and trusted in inherently. I was only a boy when Uncle Walter stepped down from the CBS anchor post, but later in life, as I entered college and ever since, I always counted on my Uncle Daniel to carry on the same tradition.

David Henry of Bryan, Texas, who works Sunday through Friday, wrote this yesterday: One would think that a late wakeup on Saturday mornings would be just the thing. Since I've been in my 20s, however, that has not been the case for me. It was during those years I became aware of this man. I always found myself forsaking my opportunity to sleep in by waking up early to listen to Dan. More than anyone else, he was the person who challenged my thinking and helped me focus on the nut of the issue. I'll be up tomorrow morning and turn on the radio, but it'll be just a little quieter without Dan's voice.

And we have this tweet coming in from Christina, who says: I hope to follow the Schorr plan - live to 93, respected and admired for doing what you love, outlived by beloved family.

And Robin Wright, the noted foreign affairs analyst who was a frequent guest on our show, writes: All I can think to say is, but I just heard him. And then I thought, what will we all do without his insightful, no-holds-barred, crusty commentaries? He was a guy who had it all right to the very end. And I know his wife would understand fully when I could say he was also a guy you could flirt with, right up to the age of 93. Oh my, how we'll all miss Dan Schorr. Indeed.

You can see photos of Dan throughout his career on our website, NPR.org.

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