Wanting a quick news update before heading to a client site, I checked the first few minutes of a major morning news show on Tuesday. I hoped to learn more about the sudden death the day before of an important American journalist and historian, David Halberstam.
It didn’t make the headlines…nor did the passing of another important figure in world history, Boris Yeltsin.
Instead, filling the screen…Sanjaya, the ex-American Idol contestant who’s more famous for his hair than for his singing. He’s dancing rapidly through his fifteen minutes of fame, making all the headway he can in these minutes of fading glory. We, the viewers, were promised more – much more – if we’d stay in our seats a little bit longer.
That was enough for me.
Halberstam’s work and the mark he left on America, are quite another story. If you like recent American history or sports, he’s someone whose books you probably know well.
His shoes will be very hard to fill, indeed, if they can be. And his message? It will surely be around for much longer than the next quarter hour.