National Public Radio and the New York Times are reporting the death at 93 of Daniel Schorr, the longtime NPR commentator, reporter for CBS and CNN, and–his proudest accomplishment, he said–member of the infamous Nixon Enemies List.
Agree or disagree with some of Schorr’s actions over the years, I’d call his an enviable life. He spent 70 years doing exactly what he wanted to do, being well paid and generally admired, and he worked right up to the end. I heard him on the NPR weekend show within the past two weeks, lucid and blunt as ever. No lingering, expensive illness, no decades of anonymity, nobody asking, “Didn’t he die a long time ago?” You can’t ask for a lot more than that.