Winter storms used to be routine. Perhaps it's the way we tend to glorify our past, but my memories of childhood include paralyzing blizzards at regular intervals all winter long. All the local New York television stations are in full "STORM WATCH" mode, and otherwise nonchalant New Yorkers are stocking up on bottled water, canned goods, Civil Defense crackers from the 1950s, power bars, power boats, flashlights, generators, lip balm, shortwave radios, cross-country skis, highway flares, firewood, loved ones, batteries, moisturizer, shovels and rock salt. We're supposed to get the dreaded euphemism "Wintry Mix" throughout much of the area. That usually means there's no way to pinpoint the rain/ice/snow dividing line with any certainty. There are vicious rumors of 3 inches of snow overnight in the city, "more in the suburbs North and West..." and tomorrow will be one of those great days at the office when we get to see co-workers who probably shouldn't wear jeans... wearing jeans.
To the non-weather-related news: The debate over the Iran evidence continues as the debate in the House over Iraq gets underway. We'll cover both. We'll also have a report on the possible breakthrough with North Korea, after the six-party talks have been allowed to smolder for so long. There's another hat in the ring, and it belongs to Mitt Romney -- a frequent visitor to New York's high-end restaurants in the past few months, where he could be seen hitting up Wall Street firms and hedge funds for money. The weather made news today in New Orleans in perverse fashion, and we'll have that report for you tonight. We'll also -- of course -- report on the weather. There are white-out conditions tonight in the Ohio Valley, and Upstate New York is going to get hammered AGAIN.
I've been overwhelmed -- we all have been -- by the response to our TRADING PLACES segment last night. People stopped me on the street this morning to talk about it. The expression I keep hearing is that we "touched a nerve" in raising the subject of caring for our elderly family members. As for the star of last night's segment: his only complaint with the piece (when I was finally able to get through on the phone -- no call-waiting for him -- at around 10 p.m. last night) was that he "looked old" on TV. I told him he'd been a huge hit with all my friends at the office. It's never too late to make your national television debut... he'll be 90 in a few weeks. Tonight we feature an even bigger celebrity: Big Russ -- the much-written-about father of my friend and co-worker Tim Russert. Tim's piece will deal with his Dad's comfort level and what he requires to be happy during these years. We're all looking forward to it, as we are the rest of this series. Again, we ask that you share your own personal stories and possible solutions with us -- we'll do a follow-up piece in a few days featuring the best of the lot. To those of you who wrote to say such very kind things: Thank you.
We hope you can join us tonight.