Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor
Today, in one of the many reviews of the I-Pad, a newspaper writer laments that, with the exception of Apple, we seemingly don't "invent" things in this country the way we used to. Perhaps that thought motivated me to include my favorite item in last night's broadcast: the new Aircouch on Air New Zealand. In truth, it's like a fold-up leg-rest— but in reality, it levels the playing field: coach passengers get to have a lie-flat flying experience (or something very close to it) without paying the crippling fare for a seat in the front of the plane. It's innovative, and that's always a good thing.
Please take a moment and read about an extraordinary television writer who has left us way too young. David Mills has given us some of the greatest and grittiest dialogue ever spoken on screen—he has given life to some great characters. The great irony is: Some of his best work has yet to be seen. He died, in an instant, in one of the great spots on earth, the Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. Our condolences to his family and friends.
It is a spectacular day here in New York. I hope it's a good day where you are.
We all hope you can join us tonight.