Brokaw's Legacy

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, May 30, 2002

Brokaw's Legacy

You've probably heard that NBC's Tom Brokaw will retire as anchor of the NBC Nightly News following the 2004 elections. Brian Williams will replace him. Ideologically there is little, if any difference. Both men are liberals.

I have known Brokaw for a long time. I, too, worked at NBC. Brokaw's greatest contribution has not necessarily been what he's done on television, but what he has written in his "Greatest Generation" book series. These books have re-introduced the baby boom generation to the parents that many of them rejected in the ‘60s. Brokaw told me that people stop him on the street and thank him for these books. They rarely mention his TV work.

If you have not read them, you should. They make excellent Fathers Day gifts, especially for the people who lived through World War Two and the sons and daughters of that generation. So, we still have two more years of Tom Brokaw as an anchor and Brian Williams will be just as liberal. But Brokaw has blessed America with his books. He deserves to be remembered for them. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.