If you haven't picked up a Father's Day gift yet, my suggestion would be to head out to the closest bookstore and see if they have a cop of Tim Russert's Big Russ & Me or the follow-up, Wisdom of Our Fathers.
Russert's death last Friday sent shockwaves through the world of anyone interested in politics and good journalism. The longtime host of NBC's "Meet the Press" and the network's Washington bureau chief will be remembered as a tough but fair-minded interviewer and moderator. But above and beyond his life's calling Russert was a family man, the son of a sanitation worker and truck driver who knew the value of hard work, education and opportunity. He was also a husband (to Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth) and the father of one son, Luke, who recently graduated from college.
He will be missed.
Big Russ & Me is a tribute from Russert to his own father, and Wisdom of Our Fathers is the outpouring of letters and e-mails Russert received from sons and daughters after writing the first book.