Ed Bradley 1941-2006

I’ve been kind of surprised at how shaken up I’ve been by the news of Philly native Ed Bradley’s death. I mean, I don’t know what it is, but I just got a lump in my throat when I heard he died and then I cried all the way through the 60 Minutes special last night. Maybe it was because my dad used to always watch 60 Minutes when I was a kid, and I’ve watched it on and off ever since, so I guess I heard Bradley’s voice a lot more than I realized I had, and am just sad that I won’t hear it any more. I was particularly moved by this line from Wynton Marsalis: “Oh, man. You know, they say that soul is when you have the ability to make other people feel better about being alive, regardless of their condition. And he possessed that in such abundance.”

Related: Washington Post obit for TV legend.