It’s not often I get teary-eyed watching a news show. Frankly, it’s not often I watch a news show, since I usually PVR all my favorite programs so I can zoom through the commercials and watch the shows uninterrupted by scrubbing bubbles, tampons, or ads for burgers that make me head straight to the fridge.
Last night, however, I PVR’d two shows and both had me wiping my eyes. Lloyd Robertson has been a staple on TV for over 40 years, most of them spent as an anchor on the national news. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, everything in the house came to standstill when the news came on and most of the time, my parents sat there and listened to Lloyd and nodded and agreed and nodded more, then quoted whatever he reported as if it had come straight off stone tablets. He had the kind of voice that was at once authoritative, genuine, honest, and sometimes downright warm and funny. I saw outtakes last night of him and Harvey Kirk, with whom he co-anchored for 7 1/2 years, and laughed out loud.
Just a down to earth, great news anchor.
Lloyd did his last newscast last night. He had announced his intention to retire several months ago, but last night was THE night. The regular half hour news followed an hour long look-back at his long career, and there I was watching, remembering some of the highlighted events and thinking: yep, I watched Lloyd report all of those things because really, Lloyd was the news. When I did watch events live, it was always via Lloyd because…Lloyd was just always there. I can’t count the number of times I’ve used his sign-off line: And that’s the kind of day it’s been. It will feel very different not to see him on TV, and I can only hope he isn’t retiring completely, but will come back to do special events, like elections or Olympics.
So…a big thank you to Lloyd Roberston for being an anchor on so much more than the news. I’m even dabbing my eyes typing this *s*.
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That’s the kind of day it’s been.