So many people I've been in touch with today have been surprised at their own reaction to word this morning of the death of Dana Reeve. Some of us knew her work as an entertainer... most of us knew her as the woman who married Superman... and later became the selfless partner, nurse and advocate for her husband and the cause of spinal cord injury research. Then came the loss of her brave husband, Chris Reeve. Then came word that Dana Reeve, a non-smoker, had lung cancer. The alert sent to all of us this morning from our assignment desk at 8:19 a.m. was a shocker.
I instantly remembered her last interview on "Larry King Live" in the winter of last year. What was striking about it was that in our age of complete self-absorption, her answers to the questions showed us the classy, dignified, self-deprecating, brave, loving and balanced person that she was. I have seen snippets of that conversation running again today. It is a fine way to remember her. Our prayers are with the family, and we will remember Dana Reeve tonight.
We will take another look, as well, at the disease that killed her. Many of us at NBC News happily take part in fundraising for a charity organization called Joan's Legacy, in memory of former NBC Nightly News writer Joan Scarangello, who also died of non-smoker's lung cancer. Joan's Legacy has been taking part in some leading-edge research in this area.
Also on the broadcast: a look at the Bush administration's foreign and nuclear policy. And our continuing series on Alzheimer's and early detection... would you really want to know? In all cases?
There's also the Enron trial. Colleagues of mine tell me the ONLY way to follow the trial is by reading what they are calling "Enron Unplugged" -- the inside-the-courtroom blog coverage of the trial by the staff of the Houston Chronicle. You can find it here.
And Barry Bonds is back in the news, not for reasons he'll like. The man who is poised to break one or two major, long-standing baseball records is the subject of some new and devastating reporting concerning what is said to be his regimen of steroid intake.
A story we may expand on the broadcast this week: this morning's piece in the Washington Post... about the President... and his rug. The one in the Oval Office, and what it has come to mean to him. Having heard this story from him, it's interesting to read the reporting on it.
And a warning: one night this week, when the perfect time slot presents itself, we'll get off the air with a story by Ron Allen from New Orleans that made many of us very emotional when we saw it for the first time. Take my word for it: if you've suffered a loss in your life recently, it's hard to watch. But I'd quickly add: it's an important story, well told... and it features a great man.
Please look for it. I wish I could offer more specificity, but due to the changeable nature of our broadcast, that's all I can tell you right now. We do hope you can join us for tonight's broadcast.