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PatsyT On March - 13 - 2010

Keith Olbermann has lost his Dad.

Sad News,  I really feel for Keith and his family.  I have  lost my Parents also, so has my Husband.  We know this territory and fully value that Keith has shared some of his difficult experience with his viewers.

Keith’s remarks are below with a link to his blog where you can leave a message.

Something that I truly respect about Keith is when the Healthcare debates began heating up, some political commentators were using their air time to  frighten people
and further divide our country  for their own profits,
Keith used his time on air to raise funds for Free Clinics not only to help raise awareness of the need for Healthcare reform but also to help the many thousands that had no where else to turn.

Keith, your Dad must have been quite a man to have raised a son like you.

Certainly One of the Best Persons in the World.

My father died, in the city of his birth, New York, at 3:50 EST this afternoon.

Though the financial constraints of his youth made college infeasible, he accomplished the near-impossible, becoming an architect licensed in 40 states. Much of his work was commercial, for a series of shoe store chains and department stores. There was a time in the 1970’s when nearly all of the Baskin-Robbins outlets in the country had been built to his design, and under his direction. Through much of my youth and my early adult life, it was almost impossible to be anywhere in this country and not be a short drive to one of “his” stores.
My Dad was predeceased last year by my mother, Marie, his wife of nearly 60 years. He died peacefully after a long fight against the complications that ensued after successful colon surgery last September at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. My sister Jenna and I were at his side, and I was reading him his favorite James Thereby short stories, as he left us.
I can’t say enough about Dr. Jeff Milsom and his team at the hospital, and all of those physicians and nurses and staffers in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit who looked after my Dad all this time, and kept him in their hearts. And I feel the same way about all of you who have expressed your best wishes and prayers to him, and to me, and to our family.
My Dad was my biggest booster. A day after I was hired by CNN in the summer of 1981 as a two-week vacation relief sports reporter, I traveled by train to my childhood hometown, and walked from the station towards my folks’ house. I was stopped half a dozen times before I got to my Dad’s office by people congratulating me on my impending television debut. There was, of course, only one way they could have known. My Dad, the press agent.
Of course it was he and my Mom who took me to my first Yankees games (even though my father nursed a delightful grudge against the team for trading away his favorite players, Steve Souchock and Snuffy Stirnweiss – in 1948 and 1950). But as my interest in the sport began to take the shape of a dreamt-of career, it was my Dad also sacrificed family vacations so we could buy ever more tickets to Yankee games. When we could afford both games and vacations, four times those vacations were to Spring Training.
He was my inspiration, and will always remain so. His bravery these last six months cannot be measured. He is as much my hero now, as he was when I was five years old.
Categories: Observations

Written by PatsyT

Mary Poppins said, "Practically perfect in every way" Today, I say, "Practically progressive in every way"

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  1. SueInCa says:

    Patsy
    Thanks for putting this on post. I have only been following him for about a year and a half, but I respect his ethics and his willingness to tell it like it is and shame the “bad” guys, the Shrub included. Thanks for the link I wrote a note on his blog.

  2. Khirad says:

    I dread this day. I literally can’t imagine. Sometimes makes me tear up thinking about that day, may it never come soon.

    My sincerest condolences. I hope he gets another week off, unless work is a sort of therapy.

    • PatsyT says:

      Khirad, I hope Keith does whatever works best for him.
      I can see how, for him, getting back to work would help.
      I have been glad he has Lawrence to fill.

  3. Kalima says:

    Rest in peace Mr. Olbermann. Your new journey begins.

  4. Chernynkaya says:

    I lost my parents several years ago, and I miss them still--every day. Thanks, Patsy, for publishing KO’s blog so I can write a condolence note.

    • FrankenPC says:

      My mother passed in 2000. I was there at her bedside when she took her last breath after a decade of fighting the multiple cancers spanwed from lethal breast cancer.

      So RIP Mr. Olbermann. I sincerely hope no one is lacking enough class to take advantage of your woe. There has to be a middle ground we can all agree on: death is ultimate and final.

    • PatsyT says:

      It is very heartwarming to see how many kind messages people have left on his blog.
      I think that can only benefit Keith and help give strength at such a vulnerable time.
      All of the things my mothers friends wrote about her were both comforting and inspiring.
      That helps me still.

  5. KQuark says:

    Godspeed Mr. Olbermann.

  6. Chernynkaya says:

    Patsy, when you are publishing an article, typing the words “blockquotes” won’t work. I can do it for you though. :-)

    • PatsyT says:

      Silly me
      I have so much to learn
      Thanks Cher

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Been there, Patsy! When you want a blockquote in your post, highlight the text you want inside the box. Then look to the tool bar above and you’ll see a set of quotation marks ” on a button. Use your curser to click that button and the highlighted text will be in blockquotes. Ta Da!


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