I just found out that 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash this evening on New York City’s West Side Highway. He was 73.
I first took notice of him when he and his news crew were held in captivity during the Gulf War in 1991. For nearly 20 years, Simon has been at 60 Minutes. He did tend to be quite anti-Israel in his reporting and a few years back I wrote a blog post critical of his 60 Minutes report on anti-Christian violence in Israel. Frankly, life is far more perilous for Christians in places like Iraq, Syria and Nigeria than in Israel.
Criticism notwithstanding, I do feel some sadness here. I don’t know if he was being driven home, but he probably had plans for later this evening and likely the long weekend. And now his life has been snuffed out in an instant. I cannot imagine what his family must be going through right now.
I did not know he was in born in The Bronx. He was born only a few weeks after my Dad began his life in The Bronx. I don’t think they ever crossed paths, but they probably crossed the same terrain.
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