Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We had a very quiet Christmas. Just us opening presents, then we went to Mom and Dad's for Dinner and just Betsy and Eileen came up. It was nice, I like gossiping with "The Aunties!"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I love this guy!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Ahhh, The first big snowstorm of the season!

I love it! The kids are home, the candles are glowing, all the baked goods are baked, the presents are wrapped, hubby will be home shorly.

James, a glass of Chardonnay, please............

Monday, December 15, 2008

I don't know if I told you about Zak's elbow, but he got hit, by my nephew no less, with a football helmet right to the elbow. He was out for the last 4 weeks of football and we have been seeing a orthopedic specialist. He told Zak on Thursday that he will give him the ok to wrestle but will probably need surgery in the spring. He has nerve damage. So Zak said ok cause wrestling is his favorite and he was so excited. But the Doctor also said if he was a betting man he wouldn't make it thru the season.

Jump ahead to Saturday. They had there first meet with 8 different schools. It was exciting! The one girl on their team pinned a guy and the place erupted!!!! My throat hurt from cheering

So I had to leave to work at Dad's store and Chris had to bring the other boys to their Basketball game. I get a phone call at 4:00 at the store and hear this soft voice say "Is Beth there"? I said Zak , it's me and he starts Bawling!!!!!!! He got hurt bad, his elbow, and it was awful. My heart was ripped from my chest to hear him like that I flew over to the school and brought him to the ER. I'm waiting right now to call his doctor to set up for surgery cause he is done for the season.

Sorry I went on so long. I didn't let out my feelings in front of him so I think they are all coming out today. He is crushed and I feel so bad for him.......

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

---For sale---

In good condition, a little acne, alot of attitude but handsome and can be funny. Sometimes. 15 years old, an A student, athletic. Name your price. He answers to Zak, Chiko, or "your son".

Monday, December 08, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Quote of the Day

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Some TDay pics

There was a houseful this year! We had a good time and great food!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Forecast

Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front of a knife will slice through the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two inches on plates. Mashed potatoes will drift across one side while cranberry sauce creates slippery spots on the other. Please pass the gravy.

A weight watch and indigestion warning have been issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness around the beltway. During the evening, the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers, dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.

Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a warming trend where soup develops. By early next week, eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will be the bone.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Fact of the Day
The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'm sad over this......

I'll alaways be "LOCO FOR COCO!!!!"

Cover Story: Royals acquire Crisp from Boston for Ramon Ramirez "It's kind of bittersweet," Crisp acknowledged. "I like the guys in Boston a lot, the front office. I enjoyed playing in a city where the fans were pretty much crazy about the Red Sox. I never played in front of that type of crowd before in my life. That part was fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Brick (an e-mail I received today......)

The Brick!!!
Read this today and
don't delete it even if
you are too busy!! You'll


A young and successful
executive was traveling down a neighborhood street,
going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was
watching for kids darting out from between parked
cars and slowed down when he thought he saw
something. As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to
the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry
driver then jumped out of the
car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up
against a parked car shouting,
'What was that all about and who are you? Just what
the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that
brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why
did you do it?' The young boy was apologetic.
'Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't
know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the
brick because no one else would stop...' With tears
dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth
pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 'It's my
brother, 'he said 'He rolled off the curb and fell
out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him

Now sobbing, the boy
asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help
me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and
he's too heavy for me.
Moved beyond words,
the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling
lump in his throat He hurriedly lifted the
handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took
out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh
scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything
was going to be okay. 'Thank you and may God bless
you,' the grateful child told the stranger. Too
shook up for words, the man simply watch ed the boy!
push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk
toward their home.

It was a long, slow
walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very
noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair
the dented side door. He kept the dent there to
remind him of this message: 'Don't go through life
so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to
get your attention!' God whispers in our souls and
speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have
time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's
our choice to listen or

Thought for the

If God had a
refrigerator, your picture would be on

If He had a wallet,
your photo would be in

He sends you flowers
every spring.

He sends you a sunrise
every morning Face it, friend - He is crazy about

God didn't promise
days without pain, laughter without sorrow,sun
without rain, but He did promise strength for the
day, comfort for the tears, and light for the

Read this line very
slowly and let it sink

If God brings you to
it, He will bring you through

Monday, November 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Eckhart Tolle

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Busy week

It has been busy around here. Between doctor's appointments, both Christopher and Zak and Zak's was awful. Seems during a practice at football he got a helmet to the elbow and now he has a "dislocated nerve" That is not the proper term for it but for the life of me I cannot translate what the Dr. told me. It sounds like this....jnnvjisiufhwkjerf;efgh;e. Get the picture? So he is done with football for the season, the big game is today, should be interesting.....and he will probably be out of wrestling for the first couple of weeks. Poor kid, he is heartbroken.
So hopefully the next weeks will be better.....

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Quote of the day

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia.

~ Charles M. Schulz

Friday, November 07, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thank you.

Why is it so hard to say Thank You? Chris and I have been working the gate at the High School football games all season, I have been taking pictures so the kids can have a video at the end of the year, I also took Senior Day pictures cause the president of the booster club forgot to get a photographer. I showed her the pictures last night and do you think I got a thank you? Hell no. Sometimes I just want to grab that woman by the throat and throttle her!

I'm calling Oprah and starting a campaign, "Just say Thanks". It's cheaper and easier than paying me, right?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Election Hangover

I just heard a man on the news say "Finally, a man that looks like us". I hope that isn't the reason he voted for him. That is pathetic and I am very sad and depressed today..... .... I'm going shopping

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Sam!

Have a great day, Sweetpea! These were the cookies he wanted to share with his class. He is sooo funny!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

From my favorite farm from up the road

I love this farm and the cows. I drive by it almost everyday and I love the smell (almost all the time, sometimes it's a little more pungent than others) and I love the turkeys that hang out with the cows and the view is awesome!!! So, this is my little corner of the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Anniversary weekend

Chris and I celebrated 11 years of married life this past Saturday. We went to the Norman Rockwell musuem on Friday. We both love him and we collect NR figurines and we weren't disapointed. Well, except for the fact that he may have been a fraud. There was a picture of NR and his son and it looked like a homecoming from College, you know, the hugs, smiles and all the warm fuzzies you get. Well in the description of the picture the son said that his father always looked for these settings so he could paint these homecomings but they never happened in their life. I was crushed. Then it was said that they liked to go to California for the winter cause they didn't like the harsh winters in Vermont. Crushed again. I have to say, I was a little depressed on the way to Mohegan Sun, were we spent the night gambling. So add to my depression we won no money. We are lucky that we are still in love!!! Oh and the salad I had at Michael Jordan"s Sports cafe made these last 11 years all worth it!! It was the BEST salad I have ever had! Oh and Chris, you know I'm teasing.......

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm in mourning

These faces say it all. Thanks for a great summer guys! I will mourn with you today but hey, there's always next year......

Friday, October 17, 2008


Boys, you gave me a big ole heartattack last night. I have to admit, I gave up Faith in you. You all seemed like you gave up on yourselves, too. So I went to bed when it was 5-0. Chris fell asleep when it was 7-0. Imagine my surprise when I woke up around midnight and you just scored the WINNING RUN!!!! I am so sorry, I gave up on you. Never again my friends....and thank you for pulling Chris out of his depression.It was thoughtful of you. We will see you on Saturday!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Remy report

O.k. I am going to say it....The Red Sox are really sucking off these past two games!!!! Let's take a deep breath and get it together boys! On a side note, Christopher and I made THE REMY REPORT!!!!

we are the last picture on the page...enjoy LOL!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fact of the Day

The five favorite U.S. school lunches nationwide, according to the American School Food Service Association, are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos, and hamburgers.

*now I'm hungry..............

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Beautiful inside and out.

Audrey Hepburn's Favorite Poem......

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Sam Levenson

Posted October 1999

Contrary to what some may think, Audrey Hepburn did not write this beautiful poem, Sam Levenson did. Levenson wrote "Time Tested Beauty Tips" for his grandchild, and it just so happened to be one of Audrey's favorite poems. She read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent with us here on Earth.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Cool find

I found this cool website thru another blog, It changes your pictures into old ones. This is Lulu On the Lake (that is what the building is called, don't laugh at me.....)

CNN Breaking News

Woke up to this in my e-mail inbox....
-- A jury finds O.J. Simpson guilty of all 12 counts in his Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping trial.

It's going to be a good day.

Friday, October 03, 2008

more football

Sam was funny this morning.....

Sam....Mom, how old will you be when I'm 21?

Me.....(thinking hard before I answer cause we know math is not my strong suit) I think 58, why?

Sam....will you buy me a chihahua for my 21st birthday?

Me.....of course I will.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I know this is wrong made me snicker


I saw a billboard sign that said:



Out of curiosity, I did. A Mexican showed up with a lawnmower!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

playing around.....

Jury Duty

Poor Chris. He was selected to be on a panel for a rape trial. As much as he likes the Justice system (that is a dig) he really does enjoy Criminal Law. But I think he would much rather be in his "big truck" on a tow...hee hee. On the plus side, I get to meet him for lunch today so I think it works out just fine......

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Very Sad News

***Paul Newman died on Friday from Cancer. I think I might rent some of his movies this week. He seemed to be a great man and well loved. RIP, my friend....

Fact of The day

The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Billybob and Rufus





Wednesday, September 24, 2008

48 years ago today

48 Years Ago Today
Beloved sitcom I Love Lucy airs its last episode. The show, created by Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, ran for 10 years. Ball, a former Hollywood starlet and radio actress, had insisted that Arnaz be cast as her husband on I Love Lucy despite the fact that network executives insisted no one would believe a white American actress would be married to a Cuban bandleader. Desi and Lucy filmed a pilot before a live audience to convince network executives that audiences responded well to their act, and CBS agreed to cast Desi for the show.

***I wonder if people thought Juan and I were like Lucy and Desi????? O.K. I need to get up off the floor from laughing so hard!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Mr. 10 yr. old!!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

He loves me......

Another crazy dream last night. I don't know what it is but ever since it has been getting colder outside, I have been having crazy dreams! I really liked this one so I think it is why I remembered it! John Mayer and I were dating, I had Christopher but Chris wasn't in the dream at all. That is ok, John was good with Christopher and he was buying me jewelry and romancing me...swoon....but, we were living in a college dorm and the bathroom was disgusting. What does this say about me?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Joke of the Day

Two old men had been best friends for years, and they both live to their early 90's, when one of them suddenly falls deathly ill.
His friend comes to visit him on his deathbed, and they're reminiscing about their long friendship, when the dying man's friend asks, "Listen, when you die, do me a favor. I want to know if there's baseball in heaven."
The dying man said, "We've been friends for years, this I'll do for you." And then he dies.

A couple days later, his surviving friend is sleeping when he hears his friend's voice. The voice says, "I've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there's baseball in heaven."
"What's the bad news?"
"You're pitching on Wednesday."

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Joke of the Day

Finishing up our work at a trade show in San Diego, my co-worker Maureen and I decided to go sightseeing across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
While there, we went shopping and bought a few pieces of clay kitchenware.
As we crossed back into the United States, a customs official asked if we had anything of value to report.
"Not really," Maureen replied, digging in her bag for the bean crock she had purchased. Everyone around us froze as she continued, "I only bought a little pot."

Submitted by: Cindy Dallings, Pittsfield MA
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Saturday, September 06, 2008

He's Back!

Mike Lowell came off the DL list last night and came up a winner! Yep, my man hit a homerun his first time up at bat and then had 4 RBI's, oh yeah.....IMPRESSIVE!!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Quote of the Day

Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places - E. Joseph Cossman

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Long Labor Day weekend

Well, our summer has officially ended. Today will be spent filling up backpacks with back to school supplies (bought in a hurry last night, it always sneaks up on us!!) The Brazilians boarded the big plane last night and are on their way home. We went over Sunday to say goodbye and as usual, I choked up. I will miss those girls!!!

Yesterday, we had the Fooball Jamboree. It was held in North Adams this year and it went well. Sam got to be Quarterback and to my surprise he wasn't bad! When we got back home we went fishing on the boat for a little while and took Jackson out on his "Maiden Voyage". He was doing great up until we were docking the boat to get the car, he must have got nervous and peed on the boat. Oh well, what's a little urine between family!!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fact of the day

The ZIP in zip code stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Bella and Jackson"

Chris made "Puppy cakes" for the nieces and little Johnny C! They were a big hit! Please note that I made the tongues and ears, thank you very much!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Today's Horoscope

August 21, 2008
Leo (7/23-8/22)
You are constantly evolving as a person, which means you are also constantly evolving in your opinions. Changing your mind about controversial issues or political points of view isn't necessarily a sign that you are weak or just going along with whatever someone else is telling you to believe. As long as you are revising your thoughts based on facts and not on external pressure, you are being true to yourself. Do not be shy about switching sides if that's the right thing to do.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fact Of The Day

One out of 20 people have an extra rib.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Let the REAL Games Begin!!!!!

Well, I just got back from Albany Airport and picking up Andrea, Daisy, Charlotte and little Johnny C. Like I said, Let the games begin!!! I hope Mom has plenty of wine to make it thru these next 10 days! Oh, and Ned comes home tomorrow.....

my stomach hurts from laughing!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joke of the Day

My wife invited some people to dinner.At the table, she turned to our six-year-old daughter and said, "Wouldyou like to say the blessing?""I wouldn't know what to say," she replied."Just say what you hear Mommy say," my wife said.Our daughter bowed her head and said, "Dear Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Beijing Olympics 2008

The opening ceremonies were on Friday night and they were very impressive! Mom, dad and the Brazilians were here for dinner and to watch on our tv, we literally had to kick Dad out, he loves our tv!!! We had fun and we actually were clapping over some of the dances and acts they had!!!!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Fact of the Day

From space, the brightest man-made place is Las Vegas, Nevada.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Bye Manny!!!!

While I'll never really know what happened to make you so bitter, I will miss you!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

And then the fight started...

My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.
My wife asked, 'Do you know her?'

'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.'

'My God!' says my wife, 'Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'
....and then the fight started....

Monday, July 28, 2008

Red Sox Vs. Yankees

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Dad scored some tickets Saturday so Christopher and I went to a very late game on Sunday! We had a great time despite the traffic, rain and thoughts of them cancelling the game! We left at 2:50 pm and got home at 3:am. So yes, it was a full and long day but well worth it! They won!!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What color am I?

You Are a Green Crayon
Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible - and you try to make others feel at ease.You're very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

So,this is how you do it!!!

The correct way to weigh yourself .....
I can't believe I was doing it wrong all these years. WE MUST SPREAD THE WORD.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Quote of the day

Stop being who you were and become who you are.

..... Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fun on the Lake

We met Mom and dad and the Brazilians down at Pontoosic Lake Sunday night and had a picnic! We had a good time and avoided any storm that was coming, it rained when we got home, we never get lucky like that, I must have done something good that day! I love tubing but good Lord, I am not allowing any more cameras on the boat!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Horoscope for Today (fits my weekend)

You've got something to say and you're not feeling like drawing it out for too long. You should just forge ahead and get it out there -- let people's feelings take care of themselves, for a change!

This hororscope fits me this weekend cause I had a fight with Mom, but I didn't hold it in like I usually do, I told her about herself!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My craftiness for the day

So, my nieces are here from Brasil for the summer and they are soooo cute! So I brought over some sunglasses and googly eyes to make silly glasses. Me, Christopher and Giovana were they only ones into it. I had fun!!!!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Chris made a tart and we had a fun filled day on our new boat and picnic w/ the Larabees, then we went to Mom's for more burgers and goodies then off to the fireworks!!!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Irish Blonde

An attractive blonde from Dublin arrived at the casino and bet twenty thousand dollars on a single roll of the dice.
She said, 'I hope youdon't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude.'
With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and yelled,'Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!'
As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed 'YES, YES,I WON, I WON!'
She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.
The dealers stared at each other dumb founded.
Finally, one of them asked, 'What did she roll?' The other answered,'I don't know - I thought you were watching.'

MORAL OF THE STORY Not all Irish are stupid; not all blondes are dumb; but allmen are men.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Catholic Shampoo

While shopping in a food store, two nuns happened to pass by the beer, wine, and liquor section.

One asked the other if she would like a beer.

The second nun answered that, indeed, it would be very nice to have one, but that she would feel uncomfortable about purchasing it.
The first nun replied that she would handle that without a problem
She picked up a six-pack and took it to the cashier.
The cashier had a surprised look, so the nun said, 'This is for washing our hair."

Without blinking an eye, the cashier reached under the counter and put a package of pretzel sticks in the bag with the beer. 'The curlers are on me".

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Broke Back Deer Camp

The guys were all at deer camp. They had to bunk two to a room. No one wanted to room with Daryl because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn't fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns.

The first guy slept with Daryl and comes to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. They said, 'Man, what happened to you?' He said, 'Daryl snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night.'

The next night it was a different guy's turn. In the morning, same thing--hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot. They said, 'Man, what happened to you? You look awful!' He said, 'Man, that Daryl shakes the roof. I watched him all night.

'The third night was Frank's turn. Frank was a big burly ex-football player; a man's man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright eyed and bushy tailed. 'Good morning,' he said.They couldn't believe it! They said, 'Man, what happened?'

He said, 'Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Daryl into bed, patted his ass and kissed him good night. Daryl sat up and watched me all night '

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sad, sad day.........

Tim Russert, tenacious journalist, dead at 58

By Don Aucoin Globe Staff / June 14, 2008

Tim Russert, a powerhouse of broadcast journalism who made interviewing both an art form and a contact sport on NBC's "Meet the Press," died yesterday of a heart attack at age 58 after collapsing at the network's Washington bureau.

Russert's death reverberated through the worlds of journalism and politics, two arenas where his passion matched his expertise. His preparation and tenacity on "Meet the Press" made that show must-viewing inside the Beltway and beyond, and "the Russert Primary" was considered a test that presidential candidates had to pass to be considered serious contenders.

Yet however rugged the exchanges, Russert invariably ended with the same gentlemanly refrain: "Thank you for sharing your views." Paradoxical though it seemed, Russert was both feared and liked in Washington, where he was NBC's bureau chief. That was reflected in the bipartisan tributes that poured forth yesterday after Russert's death.

President Bush called Russert a "tough and hard-working newsman," who was "as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it." Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain called Russert "the preeminent political journalist of his generation" and "a terrific guy," while presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama called Russert "irreplaceable" and "one of the finest men I knew."

Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, whose supporters often took issue with Russert's treatment of both, said in a joint statement: "Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe to toe with him." Senator Edward M. Kennedy alluded to the high stakes a go-round with Russert could have for a political career: "With a reasoned voice, a sharp mind, and a fair hand, Tim took the measure of every Washington official and those that sought to be one."

According to NBC, Russert was recording voice-overs for tomorrow's broadcast of "Meet the Press" when he collapsed. NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust said last night via e-mail that the cause of death was a "sudden heart attack." Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw announced the news on the air shortly after 3:30 p.m. Brokaw said Russert had just returned from a trip to Italy with his wife, Maureen Orth, and son, Luke, to celebrate Luke's recent graduation from Boston College.

Russert was a ubiquitous figure on television; the sight of him puzzling out the 2000 election on a whiteboard remains an indelible image of that tumultuous contest. His labors on behalf of NBC were no less prodigious in the current presidential campaign. On the day of a typical primary, a viewer could see and hear Russert just after 7 a.m. on NBC's "Today" show, all through the night on MSNBC, sometimes until after midnight, and there he would be at 7 a.m. the next morning on "Today" again. "He worked to the point of exhaustion so many weeks," Brokaw said