By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
Bob Curry has died at the age of 78. Our viewers know him best as Ann Curry's father. I had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know Bob, who bore a striking resemblance to the actor Bert Lahr. Mr. Curry was a career Navy man -- a great man, larger than life.
As Ann so lovingly wrote about her own dad while profiling him a year ago on Nightly News: he was a candystriper at a local hospital, a teacher of Tai Chi, a lover of poetry and ballroom dancing. He loved his daughter and she loved him. We will note his passing on the broadcast tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with our dear friend Ann and the extended family. May he rest in peace.
At this hour, I'm watching the sparkling arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington -- the President, to our knowledge, has never driven out to the base to greet a visiting dignitary until today: the arrival of the Pope, who will celebrate his 81st birthday on American soil tomorrow. Tonight we'll begin our coverage of his visit as part of the broadcast we're compiling right now. Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your thoughts with us each night.
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