August 9, 2005
I knew Peter Jennings. Not well, but I knew him.
We first met in 1970 when we covered the trial of the radical black activist H. Rap Brown in a small Washington suburb.
Jennings was always nice to me and always gracious.
We saw each other occasionally over the years.
To his credit, Jennings established the only religion segment any network broadcast has ever had.
He told me the subject was important to him.
He attended a small group in New York made up of at least some Christian who discussed ultimate things, like God and the Bible.
I have no idea if he every came to a personal knowledge of the truth.
ABC News president David Westin said of Jennings that he lived a good life.
That isn't enough for him or for anyone.
It only matters what one does with his personal sin nature and what one does with Christ.
Yes, Jennings was a political liberal. All of them are.
And he is the last anchorman of his type we will see - a genuine reporter with a writing background.
Now it's all missing blondes and who can best read the teleprompter.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.