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Monday, February 05, 2007

Goodbye, Molly

Today was a journalism day — no fiction writing at all. (I miss Marc and Sophie!) I didn't sleep all night because I have a bloody sinus infection. Even Starbuck's couldn't energize me.

I spent the day interviewing local and national celebs to create a tribute piece for late, great columnist Molly Ivins, who died of breast cancer last week. I met Molly twice — once as a cub reporter when I interviewed her and once several years later when I was an award-winning columnist and newspaper editor and was attending a conference where she was the keynote speaker. Both times I was touched by her immense intelligence and her kindness.

The first time I was so intimidated by her. She was already a syndicated super-star at that point, and I felt like a a complete newbie — tongue-tied and stupid. She talked about issues and people I didn't know, making jokes I didn't always understand. I did my best to take notes — those were the days of taking notes by hand — and to make sense of what were obviously pearls of wisdom from a master.

The second time, I was attending a conference for newspaper editors and publishers. The group was made up almost entirely of men and their trophy wives. Journalism is largely a men's game, particularly at the top, and I found myself relegated to talking with wives who had little more than their next Botox on their minds. But Molly was there as keynote speaker. She handled the almost exclusively male audience with ease. I ran into her outside after her speech and enjoyed the only real conversation I had during the entire conference. She had almost no hair, having just finished her first round of chemo, but she was remarkably upbeat. Sadly, I can't remember our conversation, only her encouragement to "keep fightin' the good fight."

It broke my heart when I heard she'd died. She had a way with humor that few can even hope to immitate. I always felt humbled when I read her columns, always wondered why I hadn't thought of that. So this week, I'm putting together a tribute to this woman who has touched truly millions of lives with her wit and wisdom.

Goodbye, Molly, I'll miss you.


Aimee said...

I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well! I know it's bad if blessed caffeine didn't help!

I'm sorry for the loss of your co-reporter also. Its never easy to lose someone who has had a positive influence in your life. Even if you didn't know them well personally.

It was wonderful to talk to you tonight Pamela, I hope tomorrow finds you feeling better!

Thanks, Aimee. I really appreciate your words. And thanks for suggesting ice. You may have saved my life. I'm not EVEN kidding.

(((HUGS))) back at you.

Karen said...

Hope you feel better soon Pamela. With your schedule the way it is, it certainly doesn't help when you are sick.

I don't know if you got my e-mail or not, but Tim got a job, so we are staying in Michigan. While I am glad that I didn't have to pack up a house and uproot the kids, I must say the thought of possibly moving back to Colorado was very exciting, especially when I could have been your coffee buddy!

I'm sorry about Ms. Molly. I'm wracking my brain trying to remember where I have heard of her. Was she a Washington correspondent?

Thanks, Karen.

And, yes, I did get your e-mail with the good news about Tim's job. Sorry I didn't get back to you. Things have been really chaotic at the paper lately, and a lot of things slipped through my fingers. Belated congrats on his job! Though it would really have been nice to have you as a coffee buddy, for sure! I was very excited at the thought.

Molly Ivins was a very well-known syndicated columnist. She ran with Creators Syndicate out of Austin, Texas. Very funny, biting political humor. You can read all about her at (I think that's it.) They've dedicated their whole paper from last week to her.

I know your tribute piece will be wonderful, Pamela. How cool you actually got to meet her!

I read an article by E. J. Dionne Jr. with this great remembrance of Molly: "She said of a certain beloved former president while he was in office that 'if you put his brains in a bee, it would fly backwards' and that 'if he gets even more sedate, we will have to water him twice a week.'"

Glad to see you started this blog. I'm looking forward to the posts. Hope your sinus infection clears up.

Thanks, Bonnie.

She was hilarious. My favorite quote of hers referred to Patrick Buchanan's 1992 GOP convention speech, in which he said a variety of terrible things about feminists/women and race issues. Molly wrote, "It probably sounded better in the original German."


She could say in so few words what the rest of us gimpy columists take a whole paragraph to say, and she made people laugh.

Rosie said...

Pamela, first, welcome to bloglanding. It really is fun!

Second, I'm sorry to hear about Molly's passing. It sounds like she had an impact on you.

I'm home with a sinus infection too and it sucks!! Feel better soon, sweetie.


Debbie H said...

Hi, Pamela I just learned about your blog!! How cool!

So sorry to hear of Mollie's passing. She sounds like she was a wonderful influence and great woman. She will be missed.

Too bad Marc and Sophie have been interrupted. It will be all the more explosive when they finally get together. *BEG*

Get your immune system back in shape. We need you healthy!

I'm sending health and wellness vibes your way!

I'm so sorry to hear about your sinus infection, Rosie. This totally SUCKS, doesn't it? I hope you're feeling better today.

And thanks for the good wishes regarding Molly Ivins. She rocked. She was amazing.

Debbie H, thanks for the healing vibes. I'm sure they're helping, because I'm not dead yet. LOL! And hopefully Marc and Sophie will be in full rut by Saturday. :-)

They really, really need it.

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