By Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor
A good friend of mine reminded me today that all I ever need to do is read the e-mails our viewers post on this site. They are the best, most loyal group I could ever ask for, and a week without hearing from some of them seems somehow like members of the family are missing from the table.
In other news, both of my personal worlds collided around noon today when we heard sirens and then saw smoke wafting down 6th Avenue outside. First reports were that the adjacent building in the Rockefeller Center complex was on fire. Competing urges -- as journalist and firefighter -- made me run out the door (though luckily carrying the press pass I keep in my briefcase and not the old helmet I keep in my office) and I arrived in time to see a yellow cab completely engulfed in flames outside our 50th Street marquee and the entrance to the Top of the Rock. No one was hurt, thankfully, and no building was on fire. Emergency over.
30 Years Ago Today
The Earth and its moon got their first joint portrait taken on September 18, 1977. Voyager 1 took the first-ever picture to include both the Earth and the Moon as it sped away from home on its mission to explore the outer planets and beyond. The spacecraft, launched 12 days before this picture was taken, is still operational today, thirty years later. It's just a lot further away – further, in fact, than any human artifact in history: almost 10 billion miles and counting.
Back to the news: who was outraged by the video of the taser-victim college student? We'll talk about that story tonight, and about the Fed, health, traffic and the environment.
Please take time to read about my friend Ron Rosser.
We hope you can join us for tonight's Nightly News.