By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
A coming event in the national calendar has us thinking of one of our favorite people: retired NBC News Executive Vice President Bill Wheatley. Often called the conscience of the News Division while he was here, a while back he had a burst of good sense and left this life behind for the joys of retirement and his life in New York and New England. I mention Bill because of his twice-a-year memo, which became the stuff of folklore here. This is one of his better versions, from a few years ago:
Bill secretly loved this part of his job -- and of course we remember the lesson of the memo to this day. We miss Bill around here -- I think of him constantly (and I don't call him as often as I should -- he's such good company and always has sound judgement) and on days like today our affection for Bill becomes especially acute.
We have a full broadcast planned for tonight. We hope you can join us. Have a great weekend.