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Bill Moyers on Retiring from the JOURNAL

Thanks to all of you who wrote to express your disappointment and dismay at hearing me say last week that the JOURNAL will be coming to an end with the April 30th broadcast. My team and I were touched by your messages, but I want to disabuse those of you who fear that we are being pushed off the air by higher-ups at PBS pointing to the door and demanding that we go. Not so. PBS doesn't fund the JOURNAL; our support comes from foundations and our sole corporate funder, Mutual of America. Together they've given me an independence rare for broadcast journalists. Our reporting and analysis trigger controversy from many quarters, as any strong journalism will, but not one - not one! - of my funders has ever mentioned to me the complaints directed their way. They would continue their support if I were to stick around.

I'm leaving for one reason alone: It's time to go. I'll be 76 in a few weeks, and while I don't consider myself old (my father lived into his 80s, my mother into her 90s) there are some things left to do that the deadlines and demands of a weekly broadcast don't permit. At 76, it's now or never. I actually informed my friends at PBS of my decision over a year ago, and planned to leave at the end of last December. But they asked me to continue another four more months while they prepare a new series for Friday night broadcast. I agreed, but said at the time - April 30 and not a week longer.

It wasn't easy deciding to close the JOURNAL. I like what I do, I cherish my colleagues, and my viewers remain loyal and engaged. I will miss the virtual community that has grown up around the broadcast - kindred spirits across the country whose unseen but felt presence reminds me of why I have kept at this work so long. But it has indeed been a long time (almost 40 years since I launched the original JOURNAL in 1971), and that's why I can assure you that my departure is entirely voluntary. "Time brings everything," an ancient wise man said. Including new beginnings.

But I still have two weeks before signing off. This Friday night my guests include Michael Copps, the FCC commissioner who later this year will hold public hearings around the country to get your views on net neutrality. In his nine years on the FCC Mike Copps has opposed the concentration of media ownership and advocated for an open Internet. He says the recent federal court decision restricting the Commission's authority over the net shouldn't be a deterrent to the FCC's pressing forward on assuring access for all to the Web. [Check out Bill Moyers' 2006 documentary on net neutrality, NET AT RISK.]

My second guest this Friday is another staunch public interest advocate, whose anger at the predatory tactics of Wall Street approaches the intensity of the Iceland volcano. As a federal regulator many years ago Bill Black helped put in jail a lot of culprits involved in the costly savings and loan scandal of the 1980s. His book about that experience - THE BEST WAY TO ROB A BANK IS TO OWN ONE - is one of my favorites. You first saw him on the JOURNAL a year ago when he voiced his suspicion that it was more than incompetence that brought down the financial sector in 2008 and plunged the economy into recession - it was greed. When it comes to financial shenanigans, Black is the modern equivalent of Sherlock Holmes. He's been on the trail of "liars' loans" - loans issued without verifying income. He'll have more to say about "liars' loans" on the JOURNAL Friday. But in the meantime, you can check out his testimony before Congress yesterday on the fall of Lehman. He has a lot more to say on the JOURNAL Friday night - for you Tweeters, his 140-character message is simple: "Lock-em up!"

See you Friday.

Bill Moyers


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To Bill,
Notice how people praise you for whatever they think you did.

And yet till today, Nothing much has changed.

States and laws have still not changed much from the Slave Days.

Take the "Work At-Will" law. What good are employees benefiting from such a law. They are used and abused(not to go into details) but there is no way of having justice. Justice is a laughed-upon word, with the legislature,whenever a lay person asks "Where is the justice", when it comes to their so-called rights.
The white Firefighters in New York demanded for reverse discrimination and they got it. Where is the discrimination when it comes to Minorities not being in-charge of the Police Force, Journalism, Radio Talk Shows,etc., also notice all ball games are monopolised by white people, Why?, Why? Why?.

Are the NAACP and all minorities groups just too dumb to recognize this and do something about it?.

Dear Bill,
You have meant so much to me and my family....it is so sad to see you go....and things are still such a mess....you have, however, enlighted and inspired generations of people who are not afraid to hear and
speak the truth and hopefully take measures to improve things! You are a true patriot and inspiration. We will keep you and your family in our fondest thoughts and prayers. Words can not thank you enough. Bless you!

I just returned from a trip to Asia. At one stop Bill's broadcasts were blocked. Not the best way to measure success but nevertheless real. Bill's program is first on my Google Reader list and I am going to leave it there notwithstanding an end to the feed to remind myself of the best in journalism.

Hey Bill,

You deserve a long and joyful retirement..you really earned it. Relax and have some real fun.

-Best wishes.

So much eloquent thought and sentiment renders mine serperfluous. Been with you a long time, but not always! Never imagined how you could bear the aromas of LBJ, despite his many good deeds. But we all move on, I from Republican delusion, you through many great thinkers. Joe Campbell has to be smiling on you. Please keep some columns and/or books coming as long as you feel like it! Thanks for everything!

Bill, best wishes to you and your family at this time. It is family that I mention because you have brought so very much resource to mine over the years. A resource that promoted discussions with my father about things that you and your team of investigative reporters brought to light. I remember vividly how as a young adolescent my Dad and I would discuss the current issue being reported on, most times agreeing with each other on a point of view but not always. Those discussions focused on finding the truth and helped mold my identity as a young man. With my father's passing 20+ years ago it was my turn to build a family and pass on to my two wonderful children the same lively discussions about truth, values and doing the right thing. Thank you for being part of the fabric of our times and making the world a better place. Again, our very best wishes to you in your future adventures.

Dear Bill:

I am a 67 year-old liberal. I have followed your career for decades and have presented many of your programs at The University of Minnesota in the years I worked there at Coffman Memorial Union. You have been a friend and companion of sorts as you explored the issues and ideas of our society.

I was moved to tears by your last program. I knew it was coming and I watched with a sort of funereal sadness. I thank you for everything you have done to preserve journalistic excellence in this difficult time.

From Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth through A World of Ideas and now to the end of your career,I say what a great journey! Enjoy your retirement and time with your wife and family.

Yours,

Mr. Bernie Molitor
Retired educator
St. Paul, MN

CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE BILL? Emanating from all these people out here into their screens and transferred to you through yours. This is the love the people have for truth; which is what you represent to us. For quite some time now you have been the solitary voice of truth in an ocean of propaganda. On April 30th 2010 tv died. (at least for me it did.)No longer a means to inform the populace about the issues that matter, it has become solely a utility for the manipulation of public opinion. But thanks be to the internet. Tv was always a passive medium anyways. Now we are all active participants in the accumulation and distribution of information and the creation of the world in which we live. (Which it seems is what you wanted all along.)After all, the fire IS burning; ITS TIME WE ALL PULL OUR OWN WEIGHT!

Many Thanks and Much Love!

Dear Bill,

I don't know why Intelligent people are having tears in their eyes, just because you are leaving. Did they think that you could last forever. Did they not think that you, should have some time to yourself. Did they not think that somebody else could step up and take your place. It boggles my mind that this is the only country where christians behave like pagans, they don't take the body of their dead home, for burial, they always say "Let's move on after somebody dies, the old should make way for the new.

I guess this is what happens in the country of "The land of the Free and the home of the Brave".

I have never been so disappointed as after coming to this country and finding that this is Not the country of " The Land of my Cowboys and Indians" after all.

What a Mess!!!.

Mr Moyers,
I haven't watched your final show yet...didn't realize it was your last until I looked at the TV schedule and didn't find you there at your 10pm time on my network and decided to investigate.

I will surely miss your program, you have always had interesting guests with very insightful discussions regarding the issues of the day. I just hope there will be someone strive to do the same type of program to follow in your footsteps.

I wish you well in what you plan to do in your "retirement".

Thanks again,
Jim Schweitzer

I neglected, in my previous comment, to add my deepest thanks for all the years of stimulating discussion and ideas.

Bill Moyers, you are a national treasure! I can't tell you how much it saddened me to hear the news that this past Friday's Journal would be the last. I've been a big fan of yours, Bill, since the Joseph Campbell days, and my Friday nights will now seem empty without your excellent program, which was always challenging and rewarding to watch. I learned so much from you and your guests. I have to admit I'm harboring the hope that you'll decide to return to tv, if only for the occasional special. Your integrity and wisdom will be sorely missed in this era of fluffy journalism full of shouting and spin.

Best wishes in your new adventures.

Dear Bill -

Being the queen of Tivo, and sitting down to a marathon evening with the Journal, my worst fears came to the screen. You leaving.

I have thought often about what my reaction would be. What I did not expect was the deep sadness and grief that I found my self in. I'm embarrassed to say I found myself sobbing.

You have always been there, somewhere; in an administration or reporting stories no one else would tell. You have been a safety net of truth for this country year after year. Every Friday night was that moment of reality without the spin. This is no more and in truth my heart is broken.

Your love of this country, our constitution, the people in it, but most importantly the truth has inspired me to keep pushing when i'm too tired to care or too disappointed to make another call.

I and my family will miss you more deeply than you can possibly know and I am sooo grateful for your many years of dedicted service to this country and to your PBS family.

We wish you love, fun and friendship in your new journey!

Laura, Chaz, Woody, Sydney, and Haku

Alas, all good things must come to an end...:( Whilst you have big shoes to fill, surely there must be some young whipper snapper who will carry the torch? Consider passing the Journal's blaze of wisdom on, please!!!!

Mr. Moyers,

It's nice to know that you will be leaving on your own terms.

I came to this country not knowing the basics of slavery and the problems of this country. My only thoughts of America was " The Land of My Cowboys, and Indians", and the Beautiful spaces of beautiful wide-open spaces.
But it was not to be so!!.
Although, I would have retired in My country at 55 and lived OK with the little retirement money I made, my interest was, still visiting the land of my Cowboys. I could tell you all the names of my heros that I loved, if I had time.

But after coming to this country and retiring at 62 and still trying to work till I die to make money or not make money as my government Healthcare system AHCCCS, in Arizona, wouldn't allow me the free medical aid if I make more than $1000/- a month. I have to pray to win a lottery, to go on field trips and see the beautiful country-side.

I don't know why, some folks call this "The land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".

I watched your last show with the bittersweet feeling I got when finishing the novel Cloudsplitter: the satisfaction that I've never enjoyed a program as much, and sorrow because I don't expect to ever find another program like yours. At least we have the archives. Also, I wanted to say that my mother, Susan Werbe, worked with you at CBS 30 years ago and I'm happy to hear that you are as kind and passionate off the air as on. Keep up the good work in whatever role you choose.

Thank you for presenting to us the most informative show on t.v.

Dear Bill,
Thank you, thank-you, thank-you. You will never know how many you have touched, inspired, resusitated and challenged to do better. May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors, and I am hoping you will be back soon. Much respect, Cynthia.

Oh Bill, how I will miss you!

The most recent run of the Journal was so fine, I consider it on par with fine literature, and if a DVD set of the seasons become available, I'd happily put it on my shelf in the pride of place, alongside your unforgettable Power of Myth series with Joseph Campbell, a series that literally changed my life forever.

I do wish you a happy retirement, and there's nothing better than owning your own life for a while, after all you have give to us as a Master Teacher, the best kind of teacher.

I say this as someone who for 15+ years was a college English/Rhetoric/Journalism teacher. Now, 8 years after having quit that profession, the best thing I have gained is a sense that my life belongs to me first, even as I miss and stay in touch with the students.

I too will listen over and over to that final segment of your last broadcast, will send it to my brother, to others whom I think need to hear it in the worst way.

I'll regret that there are no more thoughtful insights from your show to enrich my life, but perhaps the folks I twitter with during Rachel Maddow every night but Friday will be surprised when I start showing up. After your show, that's some of the smartest news commentary on TV, but you know this, since Alison Stewart, who will inherit your time slot, is married to the executive producer of that show.

I still don't know what I'll do without you, but I expect there will be some books from you to come! You have to know you are a national treasure.

Bill, it is with great sorrow to know you are retiring the Journal. You are the last guard dog on tv. Your insights and information have been a great source of hope for this country. I applaud your last editorial on "Plutocracy" in our country. It should be read in Congress for the record. Apathy should have been included in your final essay. Too many Americans live in a "fools paradise". Well, I sure wish you a joyful and long retirement. Hopefully, there will be a special or two down the road to watch..Thanks for all your great work.

Bill Moyers on Retiring from the JOURNAL? Really? That is the worst news I have heard ever.

I feel I know you so well I can call you Bill. I'm terribly sad to see you leave PBS, as I've loved your shows for so many years. I've been so upset about your leaving that I'm thinking of having a bumber sticker made for my car: Clone Bill Moyers.
Best of luck to you and I hope you're see the light and come back to enlighten us.

Thank you Mr. Moyers for the wonderful program I've been watching for many years. I'll miss the Journal, and I hope that someone will have the courage to follow your steps, and bring us a new voice on PBS.

Dear Mr Moyers:
I just watched for the second time your final journal, and I know I will watch it again. You will be missed and I hope and pray that someone will decide to re-play many of your outstanding programs. My wife wrote a short one woman play about Granny D and I hope and pray you will be a part of a memorial for her in the coming months. She was indeed a special lady.

THANKS for your great reporting and your integrity.

Mr. Moyers,

your corpus shines — diamond like — in the snake filled grass of democracy. You have truly put on God's armor, yours is the victory. Triumphant! Yours is the reward.

Character and integrity and virtue, make fast your house to the shore of being.

May genuine peace and authentic contentment — the products of a life well lived and work well done — bless you for the remainder of your earthly days.

Children look here. Learn. Observe. Here is the pathless path. Here is the way.

In gratitude...

Dear Mr. Moyers -- Thank you a thousand times. I have unexpected tears rolling down to hear the Journal is coming to a close. You give millions of us hope and inspire us to be better people and to get up and get out! Thank you... Please don't be a stranger... We need you.

It is with sorrow and sincere appreciaton that I salute you on this your final week with the Journal.You have indeed given voice to the voiceless; amplified some of the most articulate and thoughtful voices concerned with the abuses of coporate power; shed light on efforts to stop them. And all with admirable outrage tempered with civility, with a genuine and deep curiosity (a model for all listeners), with unfailing courtesy and respect. We know that it is time for you to turn to other projects, but hope it is true that we will "see you around," as you promised. With thanks, and our applause. You have been heard!
Mary Raine, New Rochelle, NY

Many thanks. For most of my adult life you've been a voice of reason and balance in what's often seemed like a world on the verge of going crazy-- sometimes, seemingly, quite deliberately. At the same time, you've been a passionate but always respectful advocate for causes that call on the higher qualities of our selves and our culture. You'll be greatly missed. Hopefully some of the younger generation you've also inspired will carry the work forward for all our sakes. Enjoy the next phase of your life!!!

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I'm not usually one for leaving comments on a blog, but I felt I had to express someplace, whether you actually read it or not, just how much I will miss you, your show, your interviews, your interviewees, your opinions, your eloquence, your humility, your intelligence, and your spirit. For any given issue, you usually seem to say what needs to be said better than anyone else. Please continue to write and make appearances on special broadcasts; the world needs to hear your voice.
You have my best wishes for your retirement.

Bill Moyers and Staff
Thanks for bringing the journal back for the last few years and your insight and wisdom throughout.
I just watched the last show again telecast on Sunday night and it's sinking in that it truly has concluded. It's been comforting reading these blog entries knowing that so many others feel the same. How to fill the journalistic void that just opened up? You've done your part and the rest is up to us. I'm not a journalist but I'll continue to do my best to uphold the ideals that we all feel so strongly about and to remember the blue sky in dark times.
I wish you and your family the best.
Forever grateful; Randy Anderson

My best to you and your family on your next journey. I have so enjoyed my "Bill Time" each and every Friday. I always tape your show and sometimes watch segments over again. You have enriched my life. Thank you!
Oh and we share the same Birthday!

Dear Mr. Moyers. I'm an aging sixties activist who moved to the mountains of North Carolina in the early 70's. For over 30 years, the only TV I had, or chose to have, was PBS out of eastern Tennessee. Your shows have been invaluable in keeping me tuned in, and turned on. Your personal journey, from LBJ's press secretary to the most eloquent and honest journalist on television has been inspiring. With your decision to retire, I feel compelled to offer my most heartfelt "thank you" to you and your staff for all you have meant in my life, and the lives of so many others. A few years ago, we broke down and installed satellite TV. After so many years with minimal exposure to mainstream television, I was hopeful that there would now be more voices of reason, more channels to challenge one's mind. Alas, with few exceptions, the wasteland has only expanded. You remained a strong voice in the wilderness, and, though I understand and applaud your decision to move on, I must say, you will be sorely missed. Thank you, again, for your years of hard work, honest, and integrity. Our country has been lucky to have you. If you ever find yourself in western NC, we would be honored to have you as a guest, to continue the conversation. Paul Gurewitz

Remember the old Aqua Velvet commercials where the guy gets a shocking slap in the face of after shave and then says....."Thanks I needed that."

Well...Mr Moyers...and staff!

"Thanks I needed that!"

You have always reminded me of the good in humanity and inspired my faith in why it matters to excercise our abilty to do right by eachother.


Your show was a welcomed refresher at times when I felt quite disheartened with the state of journalism media in general. I trust you. That is something.

In my next remark I may be addressing your work on a larger scale than the Bill Moyers journal but by giving special series interviews to people like Jospeh Campbell and full episodes to the work of Howard Zinn and many others, you have changed lives and inspired so many people. I will be forever grateful for your introduction to Joseph Campbell. My life has never been the same since!
A personal thanks for that!

I always enjoy your curiosity and willingness to interview unique guests, and report on the real stories that need hearing.
I've always enjoyed the way you ask questions with a sense of really searching and being as surprised and inspired or puzzled by the answers as we are.
Sometimes the look on your face of really hearing what the person is saying has been as interesting as the interviewees!

Your work is living in the lives of your viewers. I hope to live up to it and add to it on my own journey in life!. Thank you.

I especially respect your choice to call out those who most of us feel to small to call out. This has given me courage to stand up as well.


You, your staff and your guests have shown again and again how one person working towards a larger goal is not alone. That there are many of us working towards siimilar ends.This has given me courage to act and has encouraged a better sense of community.

I wish you many more blessings in life and yes, I will miss the show. Yet, I am happy for you and I feel assured that you and your work will continue to bless whoever you come in contact with.


Thank you


I watched your last show with a heavy heart, it's like loosing a great mentor, I actually got chocked up during your final good bye. Your show has been an island of hope in a sea of propoganda and the "free" press that tries to engineer thought and direct reality. You will be greatly missed, I first watched you interviewing Joseph Campbell - such a great series - I was left in awe - this on TV? THe topics that your show tackled could only be shown on PBS, it would never be allowed on commercial stations! If you ever find yourself in Windsor, Ontario or in the Detroit metro area, I would love to buy you lunch, diner or a coffee (or Scotch!) I would just like to shake your hand and meet a true hero of the people.
I do have a question, if you can even ever get to read my note.
What are the most profound books and/or authorsthat have changed you as a person, who made you what you are?
One more - do you plan to do any speaking engagements?

Just watched the last Bill Moyers Journal this evening. Goodbye and thank you, Mr. Moyers. We love you. There will now be a vacuum in quality journalism on TV, with Mr. Moyers' retirement. Why is there not even one journalist of the new generation in America who can fill Mr. Moyers shoes, just as there are no great leaders in America that we truly need?? Truly sad indeed. With Moyers' retirement, we will now be more controlled by the corporate powers than ever before. Time to fear, not hope.

Moyers' "replacement" will be the Newsweek editor, who will co-head the new show "Need to Know." Don't expect Bill Moyers journalism here. This Newsweek Editor is a Centrist, a Corporate Democrat, an Establishment Journalist, a bit like Charlie Rose. I saw him on Charlie Rose a few weeks ago, and he continued to be in awe of Obama, saying that Obama was amazingly admirable, implying he was some kind of legendary figure. Don't expect this Newsweek editor to report meaningfully on important issues that have been ignored by MSM (Main Stream Media), as Bill Moyers has done for us. This Newsweek Editor IS Mainstream Media, who toes the Establishment line. Don't expect him to call out Obama for killing the public option, as Bill Moyers has done. Don't expect him to call out Obama for allowing for offshore drilling. Don't expect him to call out Obama for being soft on financial "reform." Truly disappointing they are replacing Bill Moyers with this Establishment Man, the Editor of Newsweek, solidly of MSM. The Corporate Powers are surely very happy with this pick. Time to fear. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Mr. Moyers,

I just discovered that your last weekly episode has aired and I am deeply saddened by your retirement and the end to this informative program of yours, your Journal! One of the few last voices actually reporting stories of value with intelligence and honesty, your show will leave a void in prime time television. As a student of anthropology, I have always admired your interviewing skills and your ability to stand in as the voice of the "every man[/woman]" and I can only hope to develop that skill as I embark in my own career.

Thank you for all of your wonderful and enlightening work! I hope that you will continue to contribute to quality television with integrity in whatever capacity. I also hope that you will thoroughly enjoy your retirement surrounded by your family and friends.

Warm Regards,
melissa
New York, New York

Mr. Moyers,
You are one of my heroes. Just a few intrepid individuals have the courage to speak truth to power. To stand behind your beliefs and speak out on the unpopular political points of view demonstrates great courage. To oppose our nation's power brokers by shinning light into the dark corners of their secrets that they pay so much to obscure takes great personal strength. An individual who has achieved so much in a long distinguished career such as yourself could easily avoid controversy and rest on your laurels.
I can't thank you and the many fine persons who worked with you to bring the Journal to the air enough. We the viewers have been blessed and lucky to benefit from your great work. I can only hope that there continues to be a strong voice for the stories and opinions that the Journal brought to your dedicated audience steps up to take your place. You and the Journal staff will be missed.
BTW, You look great on screen and I find it difficult to believe that you are your stated age. I can only hope that you and your wife enjoy good health, love and peace in the years ahead. Again, thanks.

Your announcement brought tears to my eyes--even now as I write I am so sad because there has never been anyone who reported the truth and the facts as you have--and in all these years, I don't know of one journalist who can listen to hist guests, with such interest, intensity, and respect, never trying to outsmart, out-talk,or force his own opinions on them. I have always believed that a talk show host is primarily there to hear the opinions of the guest. And yet, this is so rare. You have enriched the American people in so many ways and I can only say many, many thanks for all your contributions to our society. And, now, as you and your wife start your new chapter, I hope it will be filled with joy and all of life's pleasures because you deserve them. God bless you, Bill and may He keep you in the palm of His hand always.

Mr. Moyers,

I was incredibly saddened to learn of your impending retirement last year. As a belated viewer of the Journal (early 2009) such sadness is greatly tempered by the fact that there is still much of your fine work on the Journal and elsewhere that I have yet to experience.

Your retirement is well-deserved but significant. News and opinion journalism has coarsened and withered in the ironically monikered "information age" and the insatiable demands of the 24-hr news cycle, largely full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

In a world where we all too often submit to the extremes of tone and rhetoric, moderate, nuanced voices of reason have become an endangered species. Farewell to one of the last great dinosaurs.

Dear Bill,
Muchisimas gracias. I told you once before I had chosen you as my "padre" and I am so proud of you. You are not going "quietly into the night.." on the contrary, you are just beginning your eternal youth:"...for in eternal lines -in time- thou groweth..". You are a great example to teach us. As long as we breath we will keep asking questions. And like the patient spider we will continue building connections. We are in the "connection stage". Hope, Hope, it is Evolution. You have come to us through this air and have become part of our souls. We want to express our gratitude to you and all the crew that built the Journal. Love always and thank you all. Candida & Damian

Dear Mr Moyers,
Friday nights will not be the same without your Journal. Thank you so much for your dedication to journalism, diversity
of guests, truth to power, elegant moments
of art, civility, intelligence, curioisty and in-depth discussions. You will be missed. Thank you for being you.
Judith Dickey

I wish you well Mr. Moyers, and everyone associated with your broadcast. I watched the last show today, Sunday. As I sat there watching the show, I felt like I was losing a dear friend, one of reverence, of gifting, of someone who said, "Come with me. Let me introduce you to the world and those that live in it." You gave me the opportunity to experience the world from other's eyes, hearts, minds, hands, and thoughts!! What gifts! This was how I was taught when I was a girl. You have given me so much though these years. This last show spoke so much to me as I sat with tear filled eyes. I have not had the opportunity to experience the world because of socio-economic conditions, but I have traveled and met some of the most fascinating people through the opportunities you provided through your "Journal". I have been blessed because of your show. Thanks for those wonderful gifts.

Dear Bill and Staff,

Your show has explored and expressed core human values and understanding, through a myriad of topics - with an impressive, reliable continuity.

The insights you have shared have transcended the biases of commerce, politics, popular culture, and even self, to help people attain a higher level of consciousness. There is no greater gift.

Know, that your rare and precious voice in major media has been graciously appreciated.

May you and your staff go forward, assured that America and the entire World is a better place, because of your work.

THANK-YOU.

- A highly respectful Canadian viewer.

We're so sorry to see you go, but understand. The weekly grind is just that.
Why wouldn't they let you be on, say, once a month? Let Ray Suarez do the other weeks?
I know you want to cut back and see or do some of the many things in this world, but America needs you more than you need the rest of being off the air.
What you brought to us can't be replaced by the interacting hosts of the new show.
In any case, the decision won't be undone, and you brought us so much over the years!
Thank you for it all and be well.

Dear Mr Moyers:

I have been a fan of yours since the Joseph Campbell interviews about the Power of Myth--a book I own and have read many times. I found out only last week, when the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch ran an article about your exit from TV, that I had seen every Journal episode since, as luck would have it, I stumbled upon the Journal one Friday night--I recalled your first program about racism with James Cone.

Your program and your guests have been a comfort to my husband and myself during the terrible years of the Bush Administration and while our precious and only Ohio National Guard son was serving in Iraq. A war we never supported and never dreamed our son would be involved in.

Whenever I heard the beautiful Journal intro music, I knew I was going to hear the best that journalism could offer: intelligent, well-spoken people who are doing the good work every day.

And even in the midst of darkness you showed us hope and beauty and possibility.

Your message and your guests stick with me long after I have seen.

I am deeply saddened by your departure, but I thank you and your staff for all those Friday nights.

Sincerely,
Deborah S. Underwood Cochran

I am not an American but have spent much of my time in North America in the past 10 years. I immediately fell in love with the country and most of the people I was fortunate enough to meet on my travels. But I was bewildered, how could such a country foster such a mean-spirited, invasive, shouting, trivial media so hell bent on mis-information, sensationalism and “schaudenfreude” – then I literally stumbled on to Bill Moyers Journal.
What a find, it was so well researched, honest, passionate and informative and even more, revealed truths about many things that the popular media either ignored or chose not to reveal. I prayed that more people would tune in and be enlightened, sadly, it seems that is not so. You will be sadly missed.

Bill.....Thank you for being one of the few voices of reason available to thinking people. I wish you a well deserved healthy and happy retirement. I like to think that your work has inspired some current and aspiring journalists to make truth the cornerstone of their work. Strangely, while the volume of news has increased immeasurably over the last several decades via cable and the web, it seems to me that the increase in honest, objective journalism has not kept pace.

Your willingness and ability to address controversial issues objectively and non-abrasively set a worthy standard for what journalism should be. All the best to you Bill.

Dear Bill,
At 80, I have raced home from work every Friday night to catch your Journal. It has been the highlight of the week. Your insights, your subjects, whether the arts or the tough issues of our times, have intrigued, challenged and informed. You have not let lies pass, nor allowed twisted truths to go unchallenged. But you have always done it with civility. You have not interrupted--how very rare these days! In all, you have shown integrity, honesty and curiosity. One can only hope there are young ones who will model themselves after those characteristics.
Enjoy the retirement you have earned so well. May the health of both you and your wife remain the best, and the time remaining to you both be filled with all those things you wanted to do but had no time for--even if that includes sitting in a forgotten corner of your back yard with a good book, watching birds, and clouds. You will be deeply missed...but Cheers anyway.

PS
Dear Bill:

I'm trying to appreciate that you need a break from one of your most demanding audiences. I also realize there are many wonderful up and coming, talented young journalist who desire to follow you in the trail you have blazed in the search for uncompromising, informed insight.
As the citizens you have been so respectful of, I hope we will find ways to return the favor by supporting these new faces in this most turbulent and dangerous time to survive as a brave and thorough gum shoe.
I hope you will find some time in your busy new schedule to make your self available to them and mentor them as they take on your brand of journalism to the next level.
It will give me hope knowing that you are still an inspiration for their ambitions. Who else could they possibly admire more than Bill Moyers?

You are going to be a very difficult and challenging act to follow.

Dear Mr. Moyers:

Let it be known that my partner Nancy and I stayed home just about every Friday night from the moment we discovered "The Journal" about three years ago. We'd rush back home just in time on those occasions when we did go out.

Your wisdom, sense of fairness, clarity of thought, grace, and prodigious language skills will be sorely missed.

In our fair city of Seattle, it rained last night while you were saying, "See you around". How appropriate, the weather matched my tears.

Hasta la vista, amigo.

Mr. Moyers, thank you for the gift you have shared. I was deeply touched by your discussion with Mr. Lopez. The depth and honesty of that conversation was profound. You are fortunate to have that connection with so many.

Mr. Moyers,
Thank you so much for your years of service. I do hope that you will continue independent projects. I've learned quite a bit and wish only the best for you. For some reason though, I feel this is not a good-bye yet. Maybe from PBS, but not from all who appreciate you. Always Hopeful.

You were the best Bill, I am now down to 2 TV stations, it's very sad.

Dear Bill,

I wish to tell that whenever I have had the opportunity to catch your broadcast I have always left feeling both educated and somewhat hopeful that there are still those who want to be edified by logical coherent truth, as opposed to the din of political and commercial postulating and fear mongering that sadly seems to drown out rationality. After almost all of your broadcasts, that I have had the privilege to view, I can’t help but coming away scratching my head and consoling my heart as to why truth, while so pure and lucid, seems to be, purposely or at least tacitly, obscured by the infectious segment of society which blindly leads the masses. As your concluding broadcast touched on, why have we lost touch with justice.

So to hear that you are about to embark on a well deserved retirement, which I have to admit caught me by surprise tonight, left me both cheering your anticipated trails and travels, while lamenting the absence of your forum, which has been such a haven of integrity. While it would not surprised me to hear you have gotten inundated with throngs begging and beckoning you back to the airways, as you so eloquently stated it is time for you to embark on this next phase of your life.

However there will nonetheless be a gaping void which so needs to be filled. So rather than shutting the Journal down, why not make a nationwide search for a successor to take hold of the mantle, and why not come back next season for just one more premier show where you pass on the baton to the appropriate candidate who can carry on this bastion of honesty and veracity.

Thank you once again for your many years of championing the many causes, and many well wishes for all your future endeavors,

A most appreciative viewer.

Dear Mr Moyers,

I've 'TiVo'ed' the Journal for the past many years since my Friday nights are too busy to watch. I turned on the TV on Saturday afternoon with dread....my last time with the Journal.

To my uninformed friends that proclaim television a wasteland, I always had a great rejoinder..."no it's not, Bill Moyers Journal makes television all worthwhile". I'm afraid my friends may now be correct.

Thank you so much, Mr Moyers for all these last years.

I was sad to hear your show was ending, but hadn't felt the full impact until your last few words, "See you around".

I don't often shed tears; however this was without a doubt one of those occasions.

Thank you so much for all your hard work and the integrity you've demonstrated towards your craft. Since I first discovered independent media, and consequently your show, I was delighted but also disturbed by the fact that such high quality journalism was not the norm.

You were always the highlight of my week. A breath of fresh air.

Every time I flip past American Idol, I think of the Power of Myth!

What television is, compared to what it could have, and should have been.

You truly were the best thing ever to happen to television.

I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.

The selfish part of me wonders how dare you not continue to bring me one of the highlights of my week. But I know the right thing to do is to thank you for everything that you have done and to wish you the best. Please say hello on occasion, in some form or another. Be well.

This felt as bad as being told my cancer is back two weeks ago. A sense of journalistic desolation is sweeping America. Our newspapers aren't fit for kitty litter, and chatterbox TV talk news is reactionary left and right. A Karl Rove sneeze, react, a Sarah Palin gaffe, react, Rush Limbaugh burp, react. PBS is on a precipitous decline. What now with no Now? Charlie Rose. His table is more interesting than his interview style. Rose asks less probing questions than Regis Philbin. Alone among television journalists, Moyers provided the big arc. Amazingly, a Johnson liberal Democrat became more radical and relevantly prescient than the Nation and Huntington Post combined. When Bill Moyers stated his friend despairs about the fate of our democracy he said it all. We elected a supermajority Democratic Congress along with a history making President to change and challenge what?
Do the Canadians have a Bill Moyers?

Dear Mr. Moyers,

You are a class act in a world going to hell. You seem like an ancient sage from the East because you really listen as much as you speak. And when you do speak, you speak with a perfect balance of brain, heart and soul. You are a very special Human being and you will be greatly missed as these lovely messages from across our country attest to.

I am not crazy about the Man they are replacing you with - from Newsweek. I have seen him several times on Charlie Rose and though he is intelligent, he is not worldly and cosmic like you. Mr. Newsweek seems vain and will bend like a reed in the winds of fickle political trends. You Mr. Moyers do not bend and have always consistently sought out the truth. You are a warrior of peace and justice. I am sure that God has a special place for you in heaven. God bless you and your family and thanks for everything!

Blessings,
Meesto 2010

Thank you. You are a gem. Best wishes...we hope to still hear from you.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Barry Lopez? Simply stunning. But it isn't just the man himself sitting alone in a studio. He sits across from one of the best voices America has inherited. I offer my congratulations on your choice to follow other roads less travelled. You will be missed indeed. I have worked as a Paramedic and for the past fifteen years as a deputy Sheriff in a major metropolitan area. As you could imagine, my "backpack" is full of the tragedies and moments in peoples lives. And I am so very thankful for being a fan. You (and your staff) have created a forum for me and many others to grow, learn, challenge and process our world. Most of all, I have always loved your style. Such a gentleman. If credibility is the foundation of leadership then you sir are one hell of a leader. Again, my sincerest congratulations to you, your team, and of course your lovely wife.

We will see you around Mr. Moyers.

Patrick Hanson
Fresno, California

I am distressed at the thought of you leaving public television. You are the only one who brings on 'real people', decent people, and you reach us out here. Your program on the Iowa citizens was amazing and so reassuring that there are decent Americans speaking out. I am hopeful that the voice of regular people is growing and that we will force financial reform for Wall Street. It is so wrong what they have done to our country.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Thank you is not strong enough.
All the same, I sincerely and faithfully thank you for your wonderful contributions to the field of journalism and humanity at large. Thank you for your continued efforts to show Americans fighting for good and justice, people who want nothing more than a fair chance at happiness and prosperity for their families. Conversely, thanks for illuminating the evils of this world, always showing that no situation is ever truly hopeless, provided that people are willing to answer the bell and fight for their beliefs and each other. Thank you for so much more than I can possibly express.
If I’ve learned one thing from you over these last 6 years, it’s that what’s most important is the stories of the individuals. I was introduced to your program on a rainy August Friday in 2004, and I’ve never looked back. Your program found me at a very formative time in my life. I was studying finance in my junior year at the University of Maryland, and becoming increasingly disenchanted with the shallow and avaricious world of business. After watching your show, I decided then and there, that I wasn’t going to be part of the problem. I completed my bachelor’s degree and got my teaching certificate. I’ve been teaching English, literature, history, math, and science for the past 4 years. While I’ll most certainly never become wealthy following this path, it is a credit to you that I have and will continue to become rich in personal relationships and experience as a public servant.
I wish you the best of luck in your retirement. It’s a well-deserved rest after an exemplary career of uncompromised public service as society’s moral compass. Enjoy this time in your life with your family and friends. We your audience are forever indebted.
Finally, thanks for casting such a large shadow. Your career reminds all of us that with a great deal of determination and a little luck, ordinary people can accomplish the extraordinary. Know that you have been heard.

Yours Faithfully,
Adam K.

I have meant somehow to connect with Mr. Moyers over the last 25 years or so to let him know the impact he has had on my life, and now we are at an end. I grew up with Bill Moyers. His celebrated interview series with Joe Campbell came at a formative time in my life, and ever since Mr. Moyers has provided me with access to information that was critical to my moral survival in a world gone cold. His ability to spot the bullshit and call it like it is has become especially necessary in an era where propaganda has been reinvented with every new media president (beginning with Reagan, and continuing to this day). In a time where a false dichotomy reigns (Obama is liberal and Limbaugh is conservative) I long for a day when the lines were more honestly drawn (Chomsky is liberal and Buckley is conservative), and it seems that Mr. Moyers was one of the only people left in the media that cared about those bright lines of ideology. That is to say (and especially underscore in a culture plagued by relativism on the left and absolutism on the right) that Bill Moyers cares about the Truth. And where the hell am I supposed to turn now? For instance, look at the new guard of 60 minutes: Katie Couric, Scott Pelley, Lara Logan, Anderson Cooper – this is supposed to be the best of the best. In this light, the mediascape looks bleak indeed for the future of Moyers kind of Journalism.
There is so much more I would like to say to a man that has had such a profound effect on my life, but I can’t find the words. Your contributions in the public sphere are immense, and when I recently read your son’s memoir, my respect for you deepened in way I didn’t think possible. With so much great reporting from every facet of life (from the contemporary poets series to your special on our toxic environment, from corporate and government corruption to triumphs of the human spirit) it is hard to know what to spotlight in such a magnificent career. It is clear that you knew how to put the best and worst of humanity on display in all it’s naked glory.
I can only imagine that it wasn’t easy dragging a lot of us with you (sometimes kicking and screaming) into the Light for all these years. Thank you for your profound sacrifice to the common good. If anyone deserves a rest it is you sir. So, a hail and hearty farewell; may the wind be always at your back. Know that you will NEVER be replaced.

THIS HURTS

THIS HURTS !!

Dear Bill,
You even outdid yourself on your last show. Pretty hard to do since every one I've seen, starting with the Power of Myth forward has been exceptional. And like so many nice folks commenting here, I set my clock to The Journal, and rarely missed you. But I'm sure missing you now, and NOW, and can't believe we're losing both great shows in one fell swoop. I could cry, but won't. The Iroquois said, "You can't see the future if you are looking through tears."

I'm just extremely grateful to have shared Friday nights with you, and David, and learned so much. And you know you're in the right company when you laugh at the same things, like I did with you and the very amusing, sage Jim Hightower tonight. Between you two tall Texans, who make me proud to be one, and Barry Lopez, who I'm glad is not retiring...it was the perfect ending if it must be. Happy trails indeed.

And dear Mr. Moyers, your green tie was beautiful, and your closing remarks would make Ed Murrow proud. And Molly Ivins, Ann Richards, and again this Texan always. You raised the bar, and spoiled us. You showed us true courage, integrity, and patriotism, with a grace, intelligence, and open mind duly noted.

I wish you and yours all the best, and hope you'll visit Texas soon (like that darling child trying to talk you into moving to NH, we all want you). Hope is a dangerous thing as you inferred (and a line from one of my favorite films), without action. Your wonderful show bolstered my commitment to it, and to the truth. And lest we forget, agitation!

With love,
Alice

P.S. When that Citizens United decision kicks in November, if it all goes horribly wrong, which it's bound to, please come back.

Please don't leave us!

Many, many thanks to you, Bill, your magnificent production team and the sponsors of the Journal.
Why are two of the very best programs, the Journal and NOW, ending at such a
a critical time in our national dialogue? What is PBS thinking?
We will miss all the inspirational, thought-provoking, investigative programs you have bought into our home over the years. And, while you have more than earned your retirement, please consider a special show from time to time. You are a national treasure!
Best wishes in all your future endeavors.
Penelope Wells

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I know there are many of your very appreciative viewers who don't use computers. One of them, my father, will be extremely sad Bill Moyers via this program will no longer be asking the good questions. I don't dare call Dad during your program. His rural area has little to no computer service. He'll be deeply sad to miss your inquiries. He's past mid-80s and transitioning to organic farming as well as starting a new business. People with deep roots just keep on blooming, and Bill Moyers and crew have deep roots. Thank you. MJ

Bill, it is devastating that you're hanging up your hat for the Journal and NOW w/Delveccio [is that spelled right?]. Out of all of the PBS shows that I watch, your two are the ones that answer the questions on what's important in depth, because you had enough time to do so. Your practical and sincere reporting is rare, and can only be acquired from experience. Take care of yourself, and keep your online presence current; the job's not finished yet! And, what's David going to do now? Is he going to another station or create a similar show?

Please, don't go. Come back with a series on safe energy and planning for disaster and why no one has done it. Sincerely, Mary

My deepest gratitude for your work over the years. I'm part of a small group that plans its Friday night around your show. I am a religious progressive and have appreciated the courageous ways in which you raise questions about Christian core values and our political life. I too am 76---our trombone year!
THanks--I love you, Bill. Sandy Hunter-Berkeley lady

Hearing Bill Moyers "sign off" brought tears to my eyes!

Dear Mr. Moyers, Like many of those who have commented on your retirement, I was moved to tears by your last program and the prospect of your retirement. I have followed your career since the Sixties and have eagerly watched your programs and commentaries for 40 years. I have long thought of you as a cherished and honored friend. You and your programs and commentaries have consistently engaged, informed, enlightened, inspired, provoked and encouraged me. Your work is always suffused with sincerity, insightfulness, honesty, courage, wisdom, humility, decency and compassion. There is no one quite like you; no one can take your place. Your courage, your integrity, your devotion to honesty, clarity, forthrightness, fairness, generosity is unparalleled in American journalism. I can hardly count the times I have given thanks for your programs, the times your work gave me hope that I, that we, were not alone in a world that seemed corrupt and duplicitous and lost, the times I have told others about you and your programs and comments, the times I have reminded friends to watch Bill Moyers to get the truth, to be engaged in the discussion, to hear a reasoned, fair and revelatory investigation of important issues, to exercise the mind, to consider both sides of an issue, to learn, to to be inspired to action and participation. Your service to the public debate on controversial issues, to the reporting on the most important social, political, cultural and intellectual ideas and issues, to the support of a humane and just society has been immeasurable and profound. Thank you for all the hard work you've done, thank you for daring to care and persevere against all odds, thank you for being yourself and thank you for your devotion to humanity. Thank you for great ideas and grace and goodness. I feel blessed to have been in your company all these years.

The eloquence of your audience's accolades speaks volumes. There IS a touch of sadness, as well as a great sense that your voice represents the opinions and hopes of many who have enjoyed the time together. I thought your tribute to the team was the perfect way to let us know that we certainly don't grow alone. Much thanks Mr.Moyers!

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I was stunned into clarity and hope with your last interview with Barry Lopez. I was in awe that such an interview was taking place. The articulate and piercingly human awareness and understanding was breathtaking. I was saddened upon the end to discover it was your last interview (for now). Blessings to you for all your great work. Thank you.
Damon Thompson

It was appropriate that you and your last guest spoke of awe and reverence as that is what your program has brought me for years.

Thank you

My many thanks for the incredibly important and profound work you have done over the years Mr. Moyers. I got drawn into the television by what your final guest - Barry Lopez - was conveying in his interview and only at the end of that did I become aware of end of your show. I was moved to write because of how deeply almost every one of your shows that I have listened to have affected me. Honest, insightful, intelligent and thought provoking - I could never express in this space how profound an effect the information you have conveyed and facilitated over the years has had on me. My many thanks and blessings sent out to you on your upcoming life adventures. Salude!

Thank you, Bill. I enjoyed immensely your shows. You always motivated and inspired me. I always looked forward to and appreciated how your shows enriched my views about the world. Good luck and God bless you & your family.

Dear Mr. Moyer,

I wish to tell that whenever I have had the opportunity to catch your broadcast I have always left feeling both educated and somewhat hopeful that there are still those who want to be edified by logical coherent truth, as opposed to the din of political and commercial postulating and fear mongering that sadly seems to drown out rationality. After almost all of your broadcasts, that I have had the privilege to view, I can’t help but coming away scratching my head and consoling my heart as to why truth, while so pure and lucid, seems to be, purposely or at least tacitly, obscured by the infectious segment of society which blindly leads the masses. As your concluding broadcast touched on, why have we lost touch with justice.

So to hear that you are about to embark on a well deserved retirement, which I have to admit caught me by surprise tonight, left me both cheering your anticipated trails and travels, while lamenting the absence of your forum, which has been such a haven of integrity. While it would not surprised me to hear you have gotten inundated with throngs begging and beckoning you back to the airways, as you so eloquently stated it is time for you to embark on this next phase of your life. However there will nonetheless be a gaping void which so needs to be filled. So rather than shutting down the Journal, why not make a nationwide search for a successor to take hold of the mantle, and why not come back next season for just one more premier show where you pass on the baton to the appropriate candidate who can carry on this bastion of honesty and veracity.

Thank you once again for you many year or championing the cause, and many well wishes for all you future endeavors,

A most appreciative viewer.

Dear Mr. Moyers - I have many heroes, but you are the first to whom I have written. I was delighted to see this last broadcast, not knowing that it was the last, until your gracious announcement.

I brought my copy of "The Power of Myth" from California, where I recently ended my career to come to the Carolinas to care for my Alzheimer-ridden parents and Aunt, who are in their mid to late 80's, and still loving life. I never tire of the interviews, and it has been my solice most especially at this time, so thank you for that, and everything that you, your team and your supporters have bravely offered us. 76? You're just a babe. Enjoy the rest of the journey!!

Deb
aka Lullaby Lady

Dear Mr. Moyers, thank you so much for the perspective your program has provided on national issues, for your commitment to the truth, and your dedication to the common good. With gratitude I wish you the very best as you open the next chapter of your life.

Dear Mr Moyers,

Thank you for many years of excellent journalism and for reminding us to think on our own. I will miss your integrity and your wonderful ability to question and listen. Friday evenings will not be the same.

Wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your life.

Dear Dr. Moyers,

I admire you for your dedication to journalistic integrity, for your commitment to insightful dialogue. This dialogue requires openness to being uncertain or wrong, a continued sense of anger towards what is unjust, and commitment to finding and engaging with the facts.

I am graduating college in two weeks, and I am lucky to have you as a role model to show me how critical thinking and engaging with diverse perspectives moves us closer to living in a more just world. I am daunted, but more excited to be a part of this dialogue.

I will continue to read and learn from you and from those whom you introduced me to through your program. The chain of wise individuals is infinite, and my education, thus, is lifelong.

Thank you, sincerely.

Catherine Scott

Dear Bill,
Thank you for your many years of speaking the truth to power. My husband and I will truly miss you. We eagerly anticipated Friday evenings and your fascinating, informative and provocative guests. You are able to shine a much needed light on the dark problems of our society, and for that we, your viewers, are deeply grateful.
You bring a depth of understanding to the complex workings of our political system that no one else seems to be able to do. Thank you for the hard work, persevance, and tenancy that it takes to find the guests who are laboring on some of the fundamental issues facing us today.
I was especially impressed by your program on Wall Street and the abuses of the banking industry on which Heather Booth, President of Americans for Financial Reform, appeared. I used my anger and frustration during a temporary down turn in my work to join Americans for Financial Reform. I regularly log onto their website and follow some of their recommendations to email, call or write my senators and congressman from Alabama. Persistent citizen pressure can make a difference.
Thank you for bringing such insightful, inspiring guests into our homes and for helping to keep our democracy alive.
My dreams for the future of America are that we as citizens will continue to fight for the rights of all people to be heard, and that the many voices of people at all levels of society will have influence, not just those with the largest bank accounts!
Thank you for helping us to understand the issues and they ways we can take action.
Becky Adams
Huntsville, AL

Thank you so very much for all your brilliant work! Also, congratulations for all the endevours you engaged in that made a difference and moved people. You are one of a very few journalists left and you will be missed.

Thank you Bill Moyers for the cutting edge Journal. It was a bright spot on Friday nights and will be greatly missed.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

We have been watching and listening to your broadcasts for as long as we can remember. Thank you for keeping liberalism alive in America. You have been a bright light and a beacon of hope for the rest of us to see.

Bless you and your family. Enjoy your retirement and time with loved ones. But please know that we will miss you.

Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill

To my dear friend Bill,
You will be missed more than you will know. Others like Kronkite, Jennings, Koppel, and others that have gone before you, unknowingly changed America. You quietly and sincerely, every week, showed us what we need to notice in this country. Thank you and your incredible crew for the job you all have done over the years. Time will show, it is the end of an era. Enjoy your retirement! But feel free to grab our attention from time to time, and show us what we are missing. Should the urge inclines you to do so. We would love to hear from you. Thanks again, our unsung Hero of Democracy!

Dear Mr. Moyers,

I came to the U.S. from Germany a few years ago to teach at your Alma Mater. Being (negatively) overwhelmed by the loud, hectic, and mostly extremely superficial news coverage, I stuck mainly to serious German news sites on the internet, until I discovered the Journal. It was such a relief to be able to listen to intelligent people making their arguments more comprehensively than the usual 90-second soundbites allow and getting a solid understanding of perspectives that are otherwise rarely covered. Ever since I have been working very hard not to miss one single Journal, and then - as I often tell my friends in Germany - I sit glued to the TV as if a Hitchcock thriller was on. Even though many issues that you and your guests talked about were extremely upsetting (such as the outrageous power plays of big banks and corporations), I was always comforted by the fact that there are sane and intelligent people out there who fight for change. This is very important to me, as living in the U.S. (and in Texas) sometimes feels like living on another planet (see, for example, the recent 'activities' on the Texas Board of Education). I just wanted to thank you for being a sane voice and for making all those Friday evenings such an enriching experience to me. I am very sad and will miss the Journal SO MUCH (to use a, for once, appropriate American expression; add tonal emphasis). I wish you all the best for your future adventures.

Gratefully yours,

Oliver Freiberger

Dear Mr. Moyers: You are the true consummate journalist... leaving in your wake thousands who yearn for more. You will never "leave" completely, since you have placed your faith and hope in our hearts and your search for justice in our souls. It is impressive to think of the generations you have touched, but maybe more heartwarming to think of all us "Moyerites" crying on our couches, wondering when you will write a book or do just one more something we little ones can cling to. From all your guests along the way, I guess we should know to "let go".. that something new and better may grow from where your footsteps trod, but I will still look to the road not taken and sigh wistfully, hoping that those hearts you touched will be motivated to action in the coming years. We will need all the help we can get.

God bless you and your whole crew.... and Yes, believe it.

I'm 50 years old and I learned a long time ago to keep my emotions in check but I have to admit I'm misty eyed tonight. I feel like I'm witnessing the passing of the guard but to who? Or is it a passing of an era? Where these days do you find Bill's fairness and balance, reason and research, eloquence and manners, respect and balance? I wish Bill all the best and I certainly understand his desire and even need to do something different with what remains of his days but at the same time I feel like I'm losing my last teacher.
Bill, you taught me to always, always question my assumptions and to remember not to only look up but to also look to both sides and especially to look down. I won't forget to do so. Thank you Bill. Godspeed.

Dear Bill,
I will really miss watching you and your guests discuss the issues of the day with intelligence and compassion. Who will take your place?
That said, your retirement is richly deserved and, with much gratitude, I wish you all the best.
Claudia

Dear Bill,
my husband and I just finished watching your last broadcast. As usual it was enlightening and thought-provoking. Thank you for being a source of light in these troubling times of our country. May you continue to encourage all journalists, in this country and around the world, by the example you have set of integrity and honesty.

Friday nights will never be the same. You will be greatly missed for your courage to say the things that others are too afraid, or paid off, to say. Is it possible that you could do a weekly blog so that your followers, like myself, can stay well informed?
May your journey be safe, long and filled with peace.

Dear Bill,

I wish you Godspeed. You once invited to the Journal Robert Bly who recited these words:

"When someone knocks on the door, think that he's about to give you something large, tell you you're forgiven, or that it's not necessary to work all the time, or that it's been decided that if you lie down, no one will die."

No one will die if we each take up our share to care, to be aware and to dream. Thank you for enriching us with this unique combination, week after week, year after year.

Blessings to you and the entire team as you embark on new journeys,
Cynthia

Thank you and your team for your dedication to your art. I have come to absolutely love my Friday nights with you - eager to listen and learn from your insightful journalism - and I had a tear in my eye as I watched your last broadcast. I wish you and yours all the best and please know that you will be very, very missed.

Dear Bill Moyers - I cried tonight 4/30/2010 @ 10 30 pm. I cried because I'm going to miss my Fri.nights with you. I smiled because I've been fortunate to have these Fri. nights with you. I thank you with all my heart. Sally Rhea,Daytona Bch.Fl.

There are no words - except for "thank you".

Because you would be there on our television screen my wife and I looked forward to Friday nights at home and would contrive to be there. We will miss you very, very much. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Cheers and all best wishes!

Morton Mintz

Bill, I am not into conspiracy theories, but why are you and David Brancaccio silenced at the same time? First Phil Donahou, now both of you; while Limbaugh and Beck and Hannity are still polluting the air waves. Is this simply a coincidence? Anyway, I have enjoyed your programs very much. All the best, and thank you very much, Bill!

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I join others in trying to convey the great loss we feel at your retirement. Gwen Ifill said it, "We need your voice now more than ever." I hope the new show continues along the lines of your show. I wish there was a way to express how much I appreciate all you have done in your career. I suppose you have more money than Santy Claus so I think I will make a special donation to my PBS station in your honor. Alan

Thanks for so many years of wonderful journalism....you were one of my reasons for attending the UCC General Synod in Hartford,Conn.in 2007....to see & hear you...the other reason.....then candidate Barack Obama....will miss you!

Bill Moyers Journal is and was unique on television. You brought in guests who made us think, challenged us, and brought us the one liberal voice in a sea of conservative sameness. Thank you for fighting for the little guy, those who had the courage to go to rallies against the corporate interests, the one national voice for single payer health care, and the chastising of Wall Street with the wry comment, "I'm not making this up". I will miss your show, but even more, I will miss your voice for those ideals of what a better America would look like.

Walter T

We just feel the need to add our voices to the outcry. How you will be missed! Thank you for all you have done, and all you have yet to do, at 76 years young. God bless and Godspeed. Come back and visit a lot.
-Joan and Jeannette Porter

Tears are streaming down my cheeks. You have been an inspiration. I have learned about many things which I wouldn't have known about if not for your show. I wish you every happiness.

I feel like I'm losing my best friend. Who could ever replace you? Where will I go for meaningful programing now? But I want to wish you happiness, and let you know how grateful I am for what you have given me. Thank you for your excellence and integrity in journalism all these years. My very best to you and your family.

I have followed and enjoyed you for many years. Your level of professionalism and your level of intelligence will be greatly missed. I wish you the best in the next chapter of your life.

Mr. Moyers,

I am really gonna miss your program. You are more eloquent than any preacher on a Sunday morning. You have improved me and enlightened me. I will miss you as much as I have missed Lyndon's-Great Society-may the Creator of us all bless you as you have been such a blessing to others.

Try to enjoy.
Go and live.

Dear Bill,

As I watch the closing segment of your show, I find it hard to believe it is over.

I thank you for your productivity, vigilance, and insight.

I feel the light of awareness you have brought to so many leaves us diminished.

Bon Voyage!

Bill Downey

Mr. Moyers,
I am so sorry to see you go. I wish there was something I could say to make you stay. Alas, all there is to say now, is Bon Voyage, and happy trails to you. You don't know me or anything about me, but I want you to know that you made me feel smart watching your show. I felt enlightened, and engaged in what's going on in the world. For that, I thank you. May you find peace and happiness in your future adventures!

Your retirement is so richly deserved, but that doesn't diminish how much you will be missed by so many who respect and appreciate your exceptional gift to this nation's discourse.

My heart hurts. Knowing this day was coming makes its arrival no easier. Your presence on air throughout the years and your many inspiring and incisive series have been lifelines--intellectually, morally, and often spiritually. From whatever endeavor becomes your next, please continue to share the Moyers hope, humor, courage and wisdom that have been so sustaining to myself and many others. In that hope, I will consider you a dear friend who is away for a while. All the best.

I "grew up" with you. You taught me how it was possible to think for myself and to never stop asking questions. Especially the "why" question. I wish you the best in your retirement, Mr. Moyers. Enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy some more!

Bill,

Thanks for your many years of reasoned commentary and discourse.

We will miss watching the Journal.

Blessings to you,

Ken and Sylvia Gould,
Tipton, Iowa

Dear Mr Moyers,

My Friday evenings are going to have a massive hole in them after tonight.

I wish you the best in your retirement and hope that somebody can fill your shoes to educate the public on all the important issues of the day.

Hi Bill,

My wife and I will be watching your program tonight, your last, as we have done for the past ten years. These have been trying times and each week your program has provided us with one of the few islands of sanity and truthfulness in a sea of troubled events and media spin. We experienced you as a close friend who would bravely help us face whatever new crisis boiled up. As is true for any close friend, we will remember you with appreciation and miss your reassuring presence.

Best wishes for your future adventures, Stu and Marcia adler

Dear Mr. Moyers, Many thanks for your years of informative and interesting reports. You have helped us participate in actions to "keep the dogs out," as Molly Ivins might have put it. We shall miss you, but we understand first hand that you have many things still to do. Best wishes, Sandra and Sal

Thank you for all you've given to us. I will truly miss watching your timely and thought provoking interviews each Friday night on the Bill Moyers Journal. May God bless you and your family for many years to come.

Dear Bill:
I'm feeling a great sense of loss knowing that there is no place and no one on television with your breadth of intelligence, insight, and interests. Thank you for your honesty and courage and your certainty that your viewers deserved the best from you. We certainly received it.
With love and best wishes,
Liz W.

The world will lose a powerful voice today when the last episode of the Journal airs. Over the years Bill's voice has become so familiar to me that I consider him a friend even though we have never met.

Never one to back down from the tough subjects or the important questions, he has always stood strong amid conflict and controversy; always trying to understand and learn.

Whether you consider him a champion for the powerless, or a socialist agitator, his impact on journalism, media, and politics cannot be denied. Moyers, or as I like to call him, Jon Stewart without the bad puns, wore big shoes and I honestly do not know who will be able to fill them. Let's just hope that somebody tries.

Enjoy your retirement Bill, we will miss you.

Dear Bill Moyers,

There will be a big vacuum in my Friday evenigs. I used to cancel everything else just so that I could watch the journal. What I loved most about your shows was your sincerity and the blazing desire to know the truth, whether it was about politics, literature or just how we should think and live in this world. You never had answers, only questions and you always asked them with a true regard and respect for your guest. You are a true southern gentleman! I will miss your earnestness but I feel grateful to have encountered a mind and heart like yours. Namaste.

I hope you will spend your retirement years confident in the knowledge that you have made a profound effect on the way people think and feel. I will certainly miss you greatly.

In Tibetan, the word for blessing means "transformation through majesty or power." In short, the meaning of blessing is to bring about, as a result of the experience, a transformation in one's mind for the better.

Bill you have blessed us so many times. In return may you be blessed infinately.

Go in peace and abundant love, Claire

Dear Mr. Moyers,
Although I am saddened to hear of your upcoming departure from the Journal, I am even more pleased, as it creates more time for you to enjoy other parts of your life. You have given me a great deal to think about over the years, and have taught me things I had little opportunity to learn elsewhere. Thank you for having provided me with such an education as I have gotten from watching your programs. You will be greatly missed. It is in profound gratitude that I wish you the very best in all your endeavors.

Sir, I have been an avid fan, faithful viewer, and outspoken advocate ever since I stumbled onto your interviews with Joseph Campbell, many years ago. I have devoured all your work that I could find, and valued every bit of it. I feel that your work on both NOW and the JOURNAL was nearly the last bastion of real investigative journalism we had left. What I most admired was your ability to do your homework and make your case so absolutely. When you took a position, you not only proved it, you "decked" 'em. While I wish you the best in your endeavors, I can't even express how much you will be missed. I look forward to following you, wherever you can be found. Thank you for all your years of service and dedication.

Bill,

You will truly be missed. I hope that you'll continue to waken the minds of people of all ages, creeds and color.

I know you have with mine.

With Best Regards,

Your Fan,

WRP

Dear Bill Moyers,
You will be missed. I have learned to listen and to question from you. Thank you for all your time spent with us over the years.
As someone said - Happy Trails!
Deb

I'm doubly disappointed by this announcement. While your program offered a rare and quiet island of decency and contemplation I am also troubled that there is no place in the MSM that comes anywhere close to helping us understand the issues of the day with as much depth and clarity. More and more the landscape of thought provoking TV news gives way to a wasteland of corporate sponsored propaganda that hides itself inside a velvet glove of soft core infotainment. Not only are you irreplaceable, you are, sadly, the last of a breed.

Oh well, into the future and Journaless we shall march. Onward through the fog!

Thank you for dedication. and enjoy your retirement.

Bill,

I have watched your show for only about 3 months. I have never been touched by a show the way The Journal did. The first program I watched was with Gregg (I think) who lived in Afghanistan and built schools. It was the most touching piece I had ever seen. It is so rare to see a program that seems to cover topics with no bias.

I watch on Sundays (even if I have a hangover) and have not missed since I saw my first show. We NEED more journalists like you who ask the questions we as the people want answered. I wish you the best of luck and you have truly made a difference in my life. God Bless.

Sincerely,

Damione Blasdell

Dear Mr. Moyers -- There are already many posts that express most eloquently what I feel about your contribution to our collective well-being. Thank you -- and may you enjoy a long, healthy and rewarding retirement!

Thank you for your service over the years. I look forward to following the blog and continuing with any podcasts that you may produce. You are a voice of reason respected by people of good faith from all over the political spectrum.

Thank you for all your public service. I got to know you really through this show and truly admire your work and the thoughtfulness that you bring to the show. Best wishes to you in your retirement. I do hope this show can continue in some way. It really was so much much better than the other programs out there.

Even though we hold these truths to be self evident, you are a good teacher. Thank you Bill Moyers.

Dear Mr. Moyers:

Thank you for your work, your insights, and your life. The people of compassion and intelligence that you have interviewed have been an inspiration. It will be impossible to replace your voice and your spirit.

Throughout my life I have had superb teachers--some I knew personally and some not. All of them have had in common the ability to engage the heart and enlighten the mind, in the service of making the world more just and more merciful for those who have the least and need the most.

You do those things. Those who comment here recognize and love that confluence of insight, intelligence, ethics, and compassion. Even as we grieve your leaving, we all have the responsibility to act as you do in our own spheres.

Charles Caleb Colton said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I think he meant that imitation is the sincerest expression of admiration. The greatest expression of my respect for your teaching and your work is that I try, in my way, to do the same. If all of us who thank you emulate you, the world you show us is much more likely to become real.

God bless you for being a real person, using and developing the gifts you have, shining light around you, and doing the very best you can to leave the world better than you found it. In your light we see light--and we see that all of us have that same light to bring, if we dare.

All best to you and yours in the next chapter.

Pat Hanen

I have followed your commentary for the last thirty years. I used your tapes on Joseph Campbell in my literature class, and I always wanted to do a feature on the connection between you and Willie Morris. Your retirement marks the end of an era. THANK you for being there when we needed you.

Your contributions to the world of poetry will like the
Gettysburg address be understated,but always appreciated. The poetry reading in Bryant park gave me my first and only media coverage for my poetry.
I was the one in the wheelchair.
In addition to well known
like Maya,Gwendolyn,Rita and Nikki. Thanks for the impartation, information and inspiration that you've given through the years.


The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20500
April 29, 2010

Dear Mr. President,
I am writing as an American citizen to recommend and request that you consider William D. Moyers, the retiring seventy-six year old Public Broadcasting Network host and journalist, for the Presidential Medal of Honor. I do not know Mr. Moyers personally and have never met him, but for more years than I can remember he has come into my home, and those of so many others, weekly bringing extraordinary concerns and perspectives about the state of our country and the world in which we live.

Edward R. Murrows’ patriotism was already a legend in my earliest youth, Walter Cronkite brought balanced news and clear information nightly during my formative years, but Bill Moyers has, for me and my family, been the single greatest purveyor of values and truth in ever more complicated and contentious times. I do not think his subjects and causes have been partisan, except to the extent he saw them as essential for the best interest and health of our country. The targets of his investigations, those whom he questioned and even his occasional metaphorical barbs spared no one, not even yourself. The friend who observes carefully and speaks up to question us is the greatest friend one can have, and Bill Moyers has been a great friend and son of America.

His Journal, documentaries and other programs have given us a weekly diet of passionate humanitarian concerns, enlightening investigative research, profound insights always trying to point out the potholes, the risks, the mistakes and the dilemmas our society faces, all in the name of the most consistent and intelligent call to active, informed citizenship. He wouldn’t approve, but I am among many friends who find his efforts often more inspiring and unmissable than many a house of worship. He has debated and presented issues with a great appreciation of veracity, fairness and generosity, always seeking and often illuminating the right choice or course of action in the American spirit. If there has been a guru of citizenship for our generation, it has been Bill Moyers. I truly think he has exemplified and highlighted all the best in the historical, moral and ever aspiring American dream. For this, I hope you will forgive him any of his well-intentioned prodding and recognize his great and long contribution to our country as he retires tomorrow.
Respectfully and sincerely,

When PBS kicked you--BILL MOYERS--out the door several years ago, a friend sent me a sympathy card. He knew my grief was gripping because America's conscience was being silenced. My joy was unrivaled when you came back on air; now I'm stunned to suffer this loss again (albeit with no angst about PBS this time). When my alma mater, Union Theological Seminary, awarded you and your wife their highest distinction for your "contributions to faith and reason in America," I was proud of my school. I wish you and Judith peace and joy...and selfishly I wish the rest of us (at least) one more book from you. Voices of reason are all too scarce in every medium. With sincere thanks for ever so many years of your energy and insights, Katharyn Waldron

To say that I will miss you and the Journal is an understatement of epic proportions because there is nothing quite like you or it anywhere in the media. When we disagreed, you made me think. When we agreed, I found the courage to speak up and out for the homeless and the mentally ill. Old and unwell, I have used both truth and justice as a pair of crutches. Without the light you have provided, I fear we are returning to the darkness. Plutocracy I define as government of, by and for the rich and to the exclusion of all others. The struggle of every other American against the richest Americans began in 1787 with the Federal Constitution and has never really ended; each generation of Americans has faced the challenge and dealt with it in different ways. What is new is the extent to which today's plutocrats have taken the money from the great American middle class. Is there any limit to the greed of the rich and their wannabes? Apparently not. I am tired of the lies, halftruths, myths and omissions.
The citizens must reform the government or the future will be more of the same and probably even more violent. We need to restore our democracy and save the republic which means down with the plutocracy. May God save the United States and all its citizens. I wish you a safe and prsperous voyage and Godspeed.

It brings tears to my eyes when I think of your show ending this week. It is just so good! What are we to do now? There is no substitute. Our Friday nights will not be the same. One of your well-wishers said that now you can do what you want to do. I hope you have been doing that all along. Thank you, Mr. Moyers, from the bottom of my heart. You are a treasure. Enjoy the next chapter of your life.

We will miss your honesty and integrity. Our thanks to you and to your sponsors and PBS for their support. Where will we go now for the truth?

We wish you serenity. Enjoy your well earned retirement.

Bill you are one of my heroes ! Thank you for your contribution to humanity.... Thank you for your grace, thank you for your courage, thank you for your wisdom.

And PLEASE... follow your bliss !!

Much love,
Gail

We want to add to the ever growing list of those who will greatly miss you. But being in our70's, we understand. Your timely and incisive interviews and comments will not likely ever be equalled. Have a wonderful 'new beginning'.

Thank you and godspeed.


I really enjoy William Black’s gusto when he speaks of the Wall St.- Washington neo-liberal cabal. He is like Sherlock Holmes relishing an interesting case he has just solved ! His insights recalled an recent interview 60 Minutes did with Michael Lewis about his new book “The Big Short”. Lewis said “People see what they’re incentivized to see…..if you pay someone to not see the truth, they will not see the truth….this is about collective delusions”. Mr. Black is saying something similar when he says of
“They just plain feel entitled to being wealthy as Croesus with no responsibility, no accountability. They have become literal sociopaths. So one of the things is, you clean up business schools, which right now are fraud factories at the senior levels, right?”

Both Black and Lewis are talking about what I now think of as a a terminal CARROTS-AND- PARROTS SYNDROME. You dangle Really Big Carrots and cue the Parrots !! Unfortunately total chaos ensues. Two weeks ago on your program Simon Johnson pointed out the huge gap between the real, justified and down-to-earth anger he was seeing across the country and the This-is-Just-Populist-Hysteria take on it that exists inside the beltway.
“As I travel around the country, I'm really struck by the fact that while people in Washington talk about populist anger in the country, most of what I encounter is legitimate, sensible anger. People actually understand what happened. They understand what went wrong.”

Your other panelist on that same programme James Kwak pointed out
“I think it's been exposed in the last year and a half that a lot of what Wall Street did was not in the best interest of the country, not in the interest of the people getting these subprime loans, not in the interest of the taxpayer who was paying for the immense fiscal costs of the financial crisis and the recession. But it's - there's a curious time lag going on in the Wall Street, intellectual and political establishment, where they think they're still in 2005.”

The resulting scenario puts me in mind of Billy Wilder’s wonderful Sunset Boulevard . At the film’s climax you may recall a very crazy Norma Desmond/Gloria Swanson has murdered William Holden and her swanky, seedy Hollywood villa is being besieged by a feeding frenzy press. Bewildered by it all a thoroughly crazed Swanson asks her devoted butler and one-time director Erich von Stroheim what to do. “What is the scene ? Where am I ?”……..a quick thinking Von Stroheim jumps in with “This is the staircase of the palace” and sure enough this saves the day and Norma Desmond proceeds with the “scene” and goes into her act. I have a question ! Aren’t Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein and Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers et al. so many economic Norma Desmonds oblivious to the dead bodies floating in their swimming pools ?

Thank you for your wonderful program. Like countless viewers I am deeply sorry to see it end; saying goodbye to someone and something you have grown to love is never easy….. but I have 22 video cassettes of six hours each that begin with “Moyers Journal #1” and go on to “Moyers Journal #22” which I will now spend many enlightening hours reviewing. All those wonderful voices and faces of people who CARE. You have created a new standard of what serious television journalism is. Have a great retirement.

Ecclesiasticus says of the Scholar
“He will grow upright in purpose and learning,
He will ponder the Lord’s hidden mysteries.
He will display the instruction he has received…..
Many will praise his understanding,
And it will never be forgotten”.
all the best, a la prochaine
John Hepworth
Montreal, Quebec

Thanks for providing insightful and thoughtful journalism all these years that is sorely missing in mainstream news. I wish that you were not going but i understand it was voluteerly. Good luck in your new endeavors Mr. moyers.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

with your unique, thoughtful, probing kind of journalism you set an example for the ages.

While it is with sadness that my wife and I will watch the last installment of the Journal, we will always remember with joy all the excellent and irreplaceable work you did over the years, for which we have become better citizens and better people. You leave at the top.

Enjoy your well-deserved retirement from full time TV.

With our most sincere thanks,

Fabrizio and Loretta Siracusa
Denver, CO

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I am a twelve year old boy from New York. When I got the news that you were leaving, I really did feel like this country and the world was losing one of the better non-partisan and impartial reporters in our media. Your reports ranging from the complexities of our political system, our financial system, and your reporting on theology, science, technology and human rights as a whole have been some of the most important insights into our society and world. I am very respectful and understanding of your voluntary choice to leave. Family is important for everyone. But I cannot get a feeling of selfishness by hoping that you will still report with some frequency, as you said you will.

I am forever thankful for your contributions on many subjects, and your enduring and eternal effort to bring and question some of the leaders in these fields. I do not understand why other reporters are not as able to question as hard and get so deep into subject as you do. Thank You.

Aden Kahr

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I am completely devastated to hear that you are retiring from "The Journal."

It makes me a little frightened to know that people such as yourself are leaving the limelight (for whatever reason) when we need so much more light shining on the multitude of issues and troubles destroying our way of our life, our healthcare, the doubling and aging of our population, our economy, our values, our families, our jobs, the nation's natural resources, illegal immigration, an activist conservative Supreme Court and, and the propagation of dangerous religious and political ideoligies in the public square that are tearing this country apart. Who will stand up? Who CAN stand up? Hollywood celebrities?

Please don't disappear on us. Please find another way to be a VOICE to the people.

Veritas is a precious commodity discarded in our disposable society in favor of cultivating mendacity --and loads of it. We know no where else to turn to except to our VOICES who stand up.

For my part, I'm doing what I can to remain a public person in my community and a thoroughly engaged active citizen. I won't give up, ever. I hope you don't either.

Dear Mr. Moyers,
I want to thank you and your staff for all your hard work in producing thought provoking programs with fascinating guests. As others have said, my Friday nights will not be the same without NOW and the Journal. I have been a fan since I saw Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Television journalism will not be the same with your absence. I wish you a productive, healthy, retirement and joy in the interests you wish to pursue. Good luck to your staff as well.

Thank you Bill Moyers for shining a bright light through the darkness of war, greed, corruption, outrage and lies.

Thank you for speaking truth to power, and for showing example week after week of the power of people coming together in pursuit of truth, peace, basic fairness.

Your example of integrity, decency, inquiry sets a high standard for journalists, while your unmistakable passion for social justice and deep humanity has inspired me week after week, and will continue to do so as I reflect on your words and way.

One of the many, many things I have appreciated about you and your program is the frequent pairing of a guest making a damning political critique for the first half of the show, followed by a discussion with a poet or author illuminating the fragility, beauty, pain of the human experience.

I join with the many others in this and other forums who will deeply miss your presence on my television on Friday nights. Yours is the one and only show this infrequent TV-watching household makes sure not to miss. It will be a huge void no doubt, but you have planted lifetimes worth of seeds for good among we your viewers.

May we all keep those seeds well watered and tended by our actions for a better, more caring, peaceful and just world. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It will be hard to watch the last show, knowing it will be that, but I will be there. I'll see you next time!

The greatest show of respect we can pay Bill Moyers for his years of wonderful work is to stay hungrily vigilant in a continuous analysis of the machinations of power in this country.

Bill, you are an absolute national treasure, the numbers of which are dwindling rapidly. You have done more than your share, and it's time for the rest of us to get a little more pissed off and a lot busier.

Dear Bill Moyers,
Friday evenings will never be the same again with no Bill Moyers to end my day with so much information gleaned from wonderful people with such respect and insight.
I will indeed miss you after your being in my life for so many years. Bless you. Enjoy some free time.
Diana

Dear Bill,
I just couldn’t bring myself to watch the last installment of the journal this week without first expressing my deep appreciation for the program. Whether the topic was financial reform, war, health care, poetry, or dance, you have always presented a deep and full picture with an intelligence and respect for your audience too rarely seen in journalism today. I thank you for all the thoughts you have inspired and emotions you have evoked, as well as the moral clarity you have always stood for. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, but please pay us a visit from time to time, your voice will always be welcome and appreciated.
Best of luck in all your goals.
Sincerely,
Jason Longton

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Frontline, McNeill and Lehrer, and you have been my grounding in my culture, and have given me hope for television. Thanks!! We will miss you (although I know you really must just be on to new things).

Dear Bill,
I want to thank you for your many years of inspiring and insightful programming, going way back to "The Power of Myth". I am grieving the loss of your Journal, for there is nothing that can replace what you do on PBS of any other station.Where can we go now to hear insightful truth telling by your guests and your own articulate conclusion statements? I trust your reporting and the guests you choose to interview with consumate skill. What a terrible hole is left for all of us who appreciate intelligent coonversation based on facts and not just opinions.
I wish you well as you embark on your new endeavors. I knew this day was coming, that you could not do this intense work forever. But I am so very sad and deeply worried about the future of broadcast journalism when people like you retire and programs like NOW are dropped from PBS.
Have a long and fulfilling retirement, and thank you for your years of service to our country.
Susan Becker

Mr. Moyers we will miss the balanced, perceptive, challenging and yet respectful journalism you have offered these many years. We wish you the best in further goals and hope we will still hear from you.

Thanks...Mike & Kay Melton

I grieve our terrible loss as you retire.

Mr. Moyers,
Thank you for your compassion for the truth and your love for America. You were the personification of PBS: you have to know all of the facts, both sides of the coin, in order to make a good sound decision...AND ALSO: DEMOCRACY DEMANDS WISDOM.
You helped give us wisdom.
Thank you for your caring, and the time that you took to get the facts that lifted up our minds.

I have to add my voice to all those who have posted. I am an American living abroad, and I teach in a University. A few years ago I started teaching a Business Ethics class, and I have come depend on The Journal for such wonderful material. It has meant so much to me - and to students, too, I'm sure. I understand why you're retiring Mr. Moyers (Bill!) There needs to be someone to pick up the mantle - but it's a heavy one - please know how much you've meant. and thank so you very, very much.

Best wishes in your retirement, Mr. Moyers. Very saddened to see you (and "NOW") leaving the airwaves, and I'm hoping for PBS programs that will be comparable to what yours have been.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

It feels a little awkward calling you "Mr. Moyers" and not "Bill", because through the years I feel I have come to know you personally and have always enjoyed your commentary and presence, especially in the political sphere and quest for Truth.

When I learned that soon you will make your final broadcast of "The Journal" I truly felt I was losing a great dear friend and piece of my life that I look forward to each and every week.

Your humanity and thoughtfulness as well as integrity remain unmatched in many ways and there are few journalists and media sources that are on par with your sense of justice and insatiable quest for honesty and Truth.

I just want to say "Thank You Bill." You have affected us in so many ways. Best of wishes to you and may all your endeavors be blessed with great health and success.

Respectfully,

Jon J. Curto Jr.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

You are one of the primary reasons that I feel good about working for public television.

My family will certainly miss your Friday evening presence in our livingroom. There have been so many times that we have delayed our son's heading off to bed because you and a guest had something to say that we felt was important he hear and absorb.

Please visit now and again. Your voice is rare and vital.

Regards,
The Peres Family

Dear Mr. Moyers,
THANK YOU for the work you have done.

I hope this does not sound selfish, but will your material be available for sale or via the web for future generations? I am most interested in your 1986 CBS documentary The Vanishing Family: Crisis in Black America which Eric Alterman extolled in The Nation. Where can we visit YOU when you are not working any longer??!

Enjoy your next phase!

Through your excellent programs on The Journal, I've learned how ask better questions, see a bigger picture and care more about the people and the world around me. I've learned to ask more of myself and expect Thank you for offering your thoughts and introducing us to such truly remarkable people.
Thank you for all those hours of deadlines. Your voice has touched and inspired many to live broader and better.

I join with the others who say you are one of the best and most interesting things about Friday. I have met so many interesting people and learning so much from you.

Thank you.

Bill, thanks so much for your contributions to journalism over the years. I will be sorry to see the Journal end, but wish you the best as you retire....

P.S. Maybe you'll heed
Walter Cronkite's remarks about retiring journalists!

I regularly listen to The Journal podcasts during my commute. I feel very grateful for the insights, perspectives and wisdom that you, your team and your guests share weekly. The dignified, yet determined approach you take to interviews and investigative reporting is unequaled in the media.

Your work has made a difference in my life. I will miss The Journal immensely. Thank you for doing what you've done, as well as you've done it, for so many years! Wishing you much happiness and joy in the years to come!

I have a dream: A veriation of Bill Moyers Journal II with a host of Mr Moyers choosing.

Bill, I'll miss you so much ! I will miss not having the Journal on Friday night. I'm so happy that in 2006 I had the pleasure of seeing you speak in NYC. Happy trails !!

Dear Bill Moyers,

I, like many, have been watching you since I first saw your "Creativity" series. I will MISS you.

In your recent interview with Bill T. Jones, He made a comment about 'transformation'.

"Wow. Oh, transformation. Ah, that is an eternal value. And it's something I'm looking for in myself and in the world. Call it hope."

Your shows, interviews, journalism has transformed me and for that I am eternally grateful !!

Thank you Bill Moyers !!

Dearest Mr. Moyers,

April 30,2010 will be a sad
night to close. Yet, as a
person now approaching greater maturity, I realize
that there comes a time when we must "stop,to go on..." So many of your programs not only entertained me,but satisfied my quest for true reporting and fair representation of the facts. My most memorable
moment was when you recently featured Louise Eldridge,so as a new member to
Facebook, I quickly wanted
to note my page with a comment,and thanked you for
doing what you do on The Journal. Take good care of
yourself, I will miss you
so and again Thank you for
the sincerity.

Best Wishes,
Rose Ann Rodelo

( a viewer from the San Fransisco Bay Area )

Dear Bill,
I will miss you, your perspective, SO MUCH. There are so few voices, such as yours, that are gentle, thoughtful, intelligent, honest. God bless you, my friend,

Warmest regards,
Linda Sherman

Dear Bill,

I confess that "The Journal" is the only program that I look forward to watching all week long. Every Friday night, you helps us makes sense of this crazy world (which seems to get crazier by the minute). What would we ever do without your insights and thought-provoking questions? Thank you for all your wisdom and inspiration. You will be deeply missed.

Bill Moyers for President?

☼ Truly Bill, You are one of my Heroes, and I sincerely hope you continue to "Follow Your Bliss" ... Wherever It May Lead! ....Thank You for your Service! ◄:)
☼ But Bill, on top of that, we will losing you ...You, who reminds Us that when They talk about "An incoming tide raises all boats" ...You won't be the voice in the Wilderness to Remind us that Most of Us Don't have Boats! ◄:)

Bill-

Thank you so very much for all the years of professional journalism that you've provided to our country and the world.

Whether I agreed with your guests, or you, on any particular point never really mattered, it was always an opportunity to learn. TV, and the media space, will be much emptier without your presence.

Hopefully you will fully enjoy your retirement, but there will be the lingering hope that you'll be back for one more act. Hard to envision where else we'll find both the civility and insight that you've brought to so many topics.

Until then, you will be sorely missed.

John K.

Truly Bill, You are one of my Heroes, and I sincerely hope you continue to "Follow Your Bliss" ... Wherever It May Lead! ....Thank You for your Service! ◄:)

Mr. Moyers,

I first discovered your work during your time as host of NOW with Bill Moyers back in 2003. I was 17 or 18 years old at the time, and was working hard to consume as much information about the political landscape as possible to help formulate my own political worldview. You were a great help in that respect.

When you returned to the air for Bill Moyers Journal I was overjoyed. I never miss an episode of your program (and the online streaming on this website is a great help for that). Your program is the primary reason for my yearly contribution to PBS.

Your show is a venue for some of the brightest minds in our country to speak to us even when what they have to say doesn't fit the narrative that our politicians and mainstream media spin.

I hassle friends and family endlessly to watch your program, and I am deeply saddened to see you go. I knew this time would come soon, everybody deserves a retirement and you have certainly earned yours.

Please do stay in touch with us on the Blog. Even if you do nothing more than point us in the direction of voices worth hearing you will continue to be of great service. I wish you good health, good times, and future success in whatever you put your mind to. Thank you.

Mr. Moyers,

I have found your broadcasts so enlightening, so informative, and even transformational. Thank you for so many years of exceptional journalism and truth.

I first began to follow your career in earnest while watching your series with Joseph Campbell. And so, I sincerely wish you well and encourage you as you "follow your bliss".

I'm really at a loss. Like calling, "Bill, come back, don't leave us" as you ride into the sunset--of course, more about my selfish reasons than your wants and need. Good luck. You will be sincerely missed.

I am very sorry to see The Journal end. It was a place I always went for understanding on today's issues, and the only place to go to understand the future. I am 73 and facing decisions about how to invest the remainder of my life. I've admired you and your contributions to our society. You probably first came onto my consciousness with the Campbell series even though I was aware of your work with LBJ. So, I wish you well on following your bliss. I'm trying to do the same. Now if I can only figure out what my bliss is.

Bill,
Thank you for your years of dedication to truth and justice, as well as your journalistic genius, the likes of which I have never seen before, and will miss from now on.

All the best to you and yours,
Steve Nelson

Bill, I wish you another 20 years of good health. God Bless you my friend. I hope PBS continues this type of journalism because Americans are denied the truth or reasons why by the corporate funded commercial network news.

We love you.

I watched Michael Copps a few years ago live, when the FCC ruling of Media Consolidation was a vote of 3 Republicans for, and Michael and the other Democrat appointee voting no and the stinging criticism of Kevin Martin in allowing TV and Print media to be consolidated in the same market against the will of the people. It confirmed, that under the Republicans, the assets of the American People are being sold off to the elite and business. The latest example is the Analog TV channels. Will Rogers said "Buy Real Estate, they aren't making any more of it". Spectrum should only be "Leased" to business and not sold. Why are we allowing the selling of a non-renewable resource that is property of the American People, that once it is gone out of the public ownership, is now gone forever? The Courts, Federal and Supreme is so filled with former "Corporate Lawyers" (those who represent Corporations against the American Public thanks to Former Corporate Lawyer, of placing Federal Judges in the Courts like Orrin Hatch that the best interests of the Corporations are well protected at the expense of the American Public is not surprising with their rulings. As Orrin Hatch, the fighter for no more frivolous lawsuits (any lawsuit against a Corporation) recently pointed out at his town meeting (I helped place 8 out of the 9 Supreme Court Justices) is real. One Call by him, that's all, real power that can be abused. No more investigative reporting, slanted news, and the brainwashing to the likes of Hannity, Beck, and Limbaugh thanks to Reagan doing away with the fairness doctrine. Every day, Limbaugh and other Right Wing, paid an bought by Corporations with $100 million annually to spew propaganda, similar to Nazi Germany, in the heads of non-thinking, about 38 million adults who are duped into thinking the problems associated with our country is being caused by Liberals and the Left. When in fact, mainly Republican Right wings and those who are elected Democrat but serve as Republicans.
I hope you will pass along to Michael, this speech by Robert Kennedy Jr about the fairness doctrine. A step in the right direction would be to "bring the Fairness Doctrine back". It served this country well for 70 years, and since removed by Reagan in 1988 has led to a very divided country, thanks to the hammering daily of the Corporate Sponsored Talking heads who have poured $billions into the media as an investment of their own self gratifying agenda at the expense of the American People. The German People know what happens when you lack balanced Fairness viewpoints who were around in 1933 after the Nazi's took over their Media.
Thanks to Michael Copps, for sticking up for the Middle Class.
Please pass along this clip of Robert Kennedy Jr on the Fairness doctrine.

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/326.html

Dear Bill Moyers,

For a long time now, I’ve been planning to write you a letter to tell you about the important influence you have been in my life. In a fundamental way, your journalism has shaped who I am today and continues to shape who I strive to become. I am just a single listener to your show, and you have impacted so many people, so I realize that this is no big news to you. But to me, you are a dear soul, a great teacher and mentor, and a part of my life that I will sorely miss.

Your first big influence on me was in 1984, when I somehow inadvertently stumbled upon the program you hosted called “Six Great Ideas,” in which you held group discussions and conversations with Dr. Mortimer J. Adler. I was a high school junior at the time, more worried about my (lack of) popularity than philosophizing about the great ideas of humanity: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty – the ideas we judge by; and Liberty, Equality and Justice – the ideas we act on. But I was completely transfixed by the series; glued to the television, I watched every seminar with hunger. Ordinary people discussing extraordinary ideas – it was wonderful! Quite honestly, had I not watched your program back when I was in high school, I don’t think the rest of my life would have unfolded as it has, which is a story for another time.

20 years later, I rediscovered your work with the Journal. This program has been a huge inspiration to me. It is a part of my mental, spiritual, and professional nourishment. Every week, I eagerly await your guests and your own gifted interviewing and poignant essays. I use segments from your program in the undergraduate sociology courses I teach. To be honest, I feel lost and sad when I contemplate your retirement. I’m frightened at the thought of losing your perspective and voice. I am so happy for you, and nobody deserves to retire and take time for himself more than you do! But selfishly, your absence will leave a big gap in my life. I have many living heroes, but none are in any way like you. Your combination of political values, spiritual and philosophical depth, true humility, deep interest in listening, brilliant questioning, and striving for social justice is unique. There are other spiritualists, there are other social justice advocates, and other progressive journalists, but there is no other single person that delivers so much with such grace.

When Barack Obama won the presidential election in November 2008, Alice Walker wrote him a moving letter that she read aloud on the program Democracy Now. During her interview with Amy Goodman, she said a something that I share with all of my students: “This is how change happens. It is a relay race... Our job, really, is to do our part of the race, and then we pass it on, and someone picks it up and it keeps going. That is how it is. And we can do this as a planet, with the consciousness that we may not get it today, but there’s always a tomorrow.”

This is how I see your
impending retirement. You have done such an admirable job and it’s time to pass the baton. I honor that and want to tell you that I will do my best to carry the baton of humanity and justice that your reporting and testimony has given to the world. And then I will pass it on to the next generation. Thank you for being such an important guide in my life. You have touched so many people. Please never forget that. You are dearly loved.

Thank you Bill Moyers. I will miss you deeply.

With gratitude and respect,

Liz Mogford

Dear Mr.Moyers: I am incapable of effectively expressing my gratitude for all that you have shared with your audience for these many wondrous years. Please see that your producers make available, a compendium of all your programs. I would certainly be among the millions of viewers wishing to acquire this extraordinary history of saints and scoundrels whom you have exposed to us. It should be MANDATORY VIEWING for every elected member of the U.S. government.
We all send you much love, and best wishes for continued enjoyment in all your future endeavors.
Henry Jerzy
Toronto, Canada

Dear Mr. Moyers,

I first came to know about you around a year ago when I watched an old interview you made with Joseph Campbell, and I found that the way you ask your questions captivating. Despite having your own views, you play the role of the Devil's Advocate very well, and help your interviewees get their messages across.

I was very saddened when I heard that you're leaving the journal. My only regret is that I didn't get to know about the Journal earlier. But alas, as they say all good things must come to an end... and I thank you for the time you decided to share with the world.

Your message and journals though are mostly about the USA, but I think it is also quite relevant internationally. Corruption makes the same problem here, there, everywhere, and partisan, oligarchic politics makes the same problem everywhere too...

Thank you for sharing...

Your fan in the South East Asia (Malaysia),

Boon

Bill,
Your departure from the news "scene" is probably one of the most devastaing piece of news I've received in 30 Years living in this country.
I will never forget when Reagan decided to bust the Union of the Air-Traffic Controllers in the early 80's.I will never forget the year the Supreme Court stole Democracy from America in the year 2000, installing Bush in the white House; and now 1n 2010 you leave us.
You are the last reasonable voice in news in America, and now it has to come to an end...

God bless you Bill, you gave me hope for 30 years and I followed your honest mind as the only light in the horizon.
Too bad there's no one to step in your shoes. The moral corruption on our political culture is criminal like your last guest spoke on your show.

Take care and please just come to visit our televisions at least once a quarter...PLEASE????

Fernando Seisdedos.

I feel as if I have walked with you over many years, from programs such as Now, which you turned over to your protégé David Brancaccio (whom I also admire very much) to your Journal these last few years, as well as in print and on videos and DVDs. I have found no other program or person that probes the depths of issues as you have with your guests.

I deeply appreciated the ending of tonight's program (weekend of April 23) with the voices of imagination. It reminded my of the book The Prophetic Imagination of Walter Brueggemann. Yes, being prophetic, as you have been for so many years, does require us to denounce injustice, but it also calls us to imagine a better future.

My wife and I find It to imagine a Friday or Sunday night without Bill Moyer's Journal. We know you will still continue to touch us in some way, inspire us and call us to imagine a better world.

Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do.

Bill-

As I'm sure happened to many, since hearing your interviews with Joseph Campbell for the first time, just a few years ago actually, I have been drawn to your topics and interviews.

Since reading more about your distinguished career, from government, Peace Corps, and Journalism interests, I feel you have touched many, many lives in a positive way, and I know you recognize this as well.

Thank you Bill - a legacy you have left in the minds of many of my younger generation, and older alike.

Best Regards-

I am so sorry to see you go and lose this valuable, credible resource. I was a returning adult student at NYU many years ago when I found The Journal. Since then, you have enlightened, educated, inspired and motivated me. Both in my professional and social roles, I often use your reports as a basis for discussion. Your style of journalism is powerful and remarkable - it is always pertinet, relevant and accurate. Thank you for your dedication, professionalism and genuine commitement. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

There is no other program where truth about public affairs is allowed. Certainly not the Newshour. I guess this is a time in history when many good things are going away. My own program was cancelled for no reason. Something is happening with NOW. World Focus lost its funding. What will be next? Where will people go to find out what's happening. Mr. Moyers, you know as well as anyone how hard it is to find places on the media not bought and paid for. Maybe new doors will open. I hope you can help your tradition to continue in some form, or if not, come back.

Mr. Moyers,

I am heartbroken that your show is leaving the air. I understand wanting to do other things and retirement is something we all aspire to do. But AMERICA NEEDS YOUR VOICE! Who will be the sanity for progressives once your show leaves? I watch The Daily Show but it is a comedy show. We need your sanity, perspective and willingness to listen to guests. Most people on the air DON'T LISTEN TO THEIR GUESTS! (Including some on PBS) They just interrupt them before they can answer a question. Its annoying and it makes the interviewer appear to be a bully. As an educator and someone who grew up listening and watching you, I am sad you and your show are leaving the American airwaves. You will be missed and I wish you a happy and restful retirement.

It is so distressing to hear that the Journal will soon end. In this age of media consolidation, show-biz "journalism" and other "government-excess" trends initiated by Republican conservatives, the Journal has become more and more a necessity to bring abuses to light and serve the democratic needs of true, serious journalism. It has stood as a strong pillar, reinforcing the front line in the battles against government and corporate abuse and lies.

Mr. Moyers is richly entitled to his retirement and we all wish him the best and thank him for carrying the sword for so long and so well. I only wish he had planned this phase of closing his career so that his Journal could have been handed off to some other competent journalist who would continue to carry the torch of Mr. Moyers' legacy and advocacy for truth into the future, where it will be needed more than ever.

The greed-infected and corrupted are rejoicing the passage of The Journal, and as it leaves, it will be a dark day, from which the light of American democracy will dim a little more.

Mr. Moyers,

I've been watching, following and learning from you, your show and guests for as long as I can remember. I'm sure I started watching back in the 70's. The level of depth and your unique style and perspective in reporting will be missed. Thank you for having and sharing a positive influence on me and many others. I sincerely wish you the best. Congratulations on your excellent and successful career.

Bill M.

You'll be greatly missed. Thanks for you've done.

Dear Mr. Moyers:

I'm torn between wishing you the very best in your retirement and my own selfish wishes that your briliant program would continue to educate and inform! As a journalist, I feel every program is a master class in interviewing.
Best Wishes, Mr. Moyers.

Enthralled . . .

I can't think how long it's been since I felt this way.

May God bless and keep you. I'll miss you no end.

Dear Mr Moyers,
Deep gratitude is what I feel for you and your team for the treasure of the Journal. There is sadness also at the thought of losing a rare gift of balanced, intelligent journalism. Others on this page have stated more eloquently than I possibly could the significance of how the Journal enriched lives & how they feel about your departure, so all I will simply say is that I wholeheartedly concur. I wish you the best in your future endeavors -- public & private.

I sincerely hope that the "up" tone adopted implies that Bill will return to do something else. I got hooked on his easy, fluid interviews as a teenager and never once resented being called a well-informed nerd. Bill just made everything so inviting and effortless that I was a shocked to discover his hardcore investigative roots. His involvement in Now really was a no-brainer, but his own show fit him like a glove. I'll miss it immensely.

If Mister Moyers continues engaging his acolytes online, this would please us to end. And I'm sure I speak on all our behalves in wishing Bill all the best. And thanks muchly for bringing us the best too!

Whenever I needed a breath of sanity, in the midst of the outrageous flings of horrors of the corporatocracy, I knew I could go to the Bill Moyers Journal, in podcast form over here in Japan, and be reassured that there still were intelligent and moral people in public life. Your program gave me hope when I watched it, and I am literally grieving that it will end. All that is left is to express to you my profoundest appreciation and respect for your warm humanity, your journalistic integrity and extraordinary skill and presence in your many years of service to the ideal of the public's right to know. Thank you Mr. Moyers. You are irreplaceable, I fear, but nothing lasts forever. I wish you every joy and blessing a long and nobly spent life has earned. As for the rest of us, we need to step up and fight for our nation and our world against the relentlessly encroaching tyranny. May we be blessed by one or two guiding lights half as good as you were, to help us in that struggle.

Bill ~

You told us last week that your reason for leaving "The Journal" is simply that it is time to go. I respect that, but please know that your presence as one of the very few remaining voices of reason in the arena of public discourse will be sorely missed! I cannot imagine a time in this country's history when such a voice was more vitally needed. But, go you must, and I will swallow hard and hope for the best.

As a small gift to you, I am sending along the following poem by the Chinese poet Wang Wei. Entitled "Leaving Wang-Chuan Cottage," the tender sentiment expressed in these lines must be very much akin to what you are feeling as you leave your PBS "cottage."

"Sadly, with deep longing to stay on, I drive my
carriage
Out of the pine trees twisted with vines. . .
I must endure the sorrow of leaving these
green mountains,
But can I forget their blue streams?"

Thank you for the many hours of insightful, thought-provoking, and informative programming that you have provided and may your memories of "blue streams" be as fond, numerous and long-lasting as those that you have given us!

Dennis Cabral
California

Your program and Now were two of the three programs we never missed...Your program often was the beginning of conversations and discussions later with friends and colleagues. Our country is better because of your dedication to the truth and enlightenment...I wonder who will carry your "light" into the future? Donna Nylander

So sorry to hear that you are leaving us Bill. I started listening to your program on my ipod several years ago and I look forward to it every week. I have so appreciated your thoughtful, honest, and respectful brand of journalism. We need more like you. Thank you so much for your faithful service.

Dear Mr. Bill,

I was first drawn to you in the 80's after watching, then reading your series on Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. Ever since then, I have been a weekly viewer of your work. There has been a lot of things that have happened since that time, and you have covered all that interests me....THE TRUTH of THE MATTERS!!!

I am so exhausted from deciphering truth from fiction and lies in the media, government, wall street and corporations. I have depended on you and your wonderfully knowledgeable guests. I thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to getting down to THE TRUTH of THE MATTERS!!!

We must continue to search out the truth more so than ever as you and others leave the arena of journalism. The Baton must be passed on for those of us who are aware and those who are coming behind us.

Lastly, I say to you ......in the words of SNL circa 1976 or 77, " OooooH NOoooo MR. Billlllll" is leaving us. I will miss you much.

Peace and Blessings Brother.

Stacey

Dear Mr. Moyer,
I'm an adolescent of 14 years, and for the past year I've been tied down to the tube, every friday at eight o'clock to watch your captivating show (maybe more like saturday afternoon with TIVO). For your typical viewer, who has experienced your magic for a good portion of their lives,I am a contrary for i've just found your informant-by the people-for the people-show/path in the past year. Even with this short exposure, I still feel a loss knowing that you're going to be exiting the television screen. Over the past year I have become a disciple to your show and its ideals of deep and comprehensive reporting and unsheathing of the true story that gives the common citizen confidence to open the door and walk out into the daunting but yet liberating world and stare at its unjust in the eye. I've gained new beliefs from this unbias show, and have sadly grown accustome to its excellence in reporting. Now, must I accimilate to Fox News or CNN for the complete story? I don't know what I'll do, but I feel more then compelled, rather obliged, to say thank you to you and to your colleagues for your public service. And furthermore thank your determined (for lack of a better word) colleagues who will continue your website.
I'm going to be attending a boarding school in New Hampshire where I will no doubt meet future CEOs who will test my beliefs of equality, and only through your show have I gained confidence to protect my beliefs and confront those future leaders on theirs. And with this, Mr. Moyer, don't forget that even with you and your colleagues exiting from the limelight of television, your live's journeys and contributions to the people will live on.
(P.S. Mr. Moyer, the North east, perferably New hampshire, is a beautiful location for retirement, and a great place to start a public speaking career/maybe teaching?.)

I feel like we have grown up together, having been a fan of yours since you were LBJ’s Press Secretary and we both believed that government was a worthwhile institution. We have both grown to a much more nuanced perspective on that issue as well as many others and I appreciate your influence in my life. In fact, I feel about your retirement rather like I do about Howard Zinn’s death: Whatever will we do without him at this critical juncture in US Empire? However, in your case, I suspect you are merely retooling to surface in another shape as great shamans always do. If not, there is nobody I know of who deserves a wonderful retirement more than you do. And, meanwhile, may I recommend to all those left bereft by your absence on PBS:

http://www.democracynow.org/

Blessings upon you and yours and, indeed, all of us in this perilous time.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

I was sad when I first got wind of the news several months ago that you would be going off the air. I've been listening to the podcast of The Journal ever since I first watched the feature on Buying the War in Iraq. I discovered your show during a time in my life when I was tired of feeling uninformed about current events and felt the need to at least understand what was going on in the world even if I didn't have the confidence to engage in a dialogue about it. Your show fulfilled that wish and then some.

It's been a routine of mine to listen to your show going to and from my workout on Saturday mornings, and I've always found the show to be informative and enlightening in ways few other news programs have proven to be. I will sincerely miss your excellent interviews with each week's guests and the understanding I've gained about the world as a result from them.

I think the way you conduct interviews/conversations are something to be admired because of the way you contextualize and explain terminology for people who might not understand all the jargon and make things accessible to the less saavy listener. It's also a rarity to have a show with guests on opposite sides of the political spectrum and to see them engage in a reasoned conversation that doesn't end up looking like political theater.

I wish you well and look forward to whatever it is you do after The Journal, and thank you for years of quality reporting.

I echo the praise on this page. I can’t tell you what a wonderful impact you have had on my life and I believe our democracy. With a tear in my eye Farewell.
Thank you I am eternally grateful

Engaged . . . is the operative word -- yours, of course. I can't think how long it's been since I was so engaged.

May God bless and keep you. I'll miss you no end.

Count me among the selfish or semi-selfish who will be sad to see you go.

As is sung in a Pink Floyd song, "what shall we use to fill the empty spaces…" so I too wonder what will be in this time slot I so looked forward to. Your interview and moderating skills are excellent.

I have a feeling that whatever comes after you will feel like the sentiments expressed by performers upon hearing Jimi Hendrix was going to perform, "I/we need to go on *before* Hendrix, NOT after him!" In other words, a tough act to follow.

But hopefully we can show the same compassion and give-'em-a-chance you've shown over the years.

I feel hopeful the people in the background who've been helping you will take what you've taught them, whether outright or through osmosis, and use it to continue efforts to fix our badly broken systems.

Thank you, Drew.

your retirement:
... "to know someone who thinks and feels with us and who though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the world for us an inhabited garden."

Pike County, PA has been fabricating criminal cases against people to aggrandize its illegal religious indoctrination programs, the Jesus intensive A.R.R.O.W. for kitchen workers, and general population's M.O.R.E. at the jail. In order to be recommended for parole, Warden Lowe makes clear in the inmate handbook the 12-week completion of these religious programs are mandatory.

Jail commissioners Doug Jacobs (fmr. D/A) and president judge Hon. Joseph Kameen have seen to it that defendants's sentence orders contain admonitions to attend, so that if they don't, parole is denied.

It's become obvious that since so much of Pennsylvania's social services are supplied by non-profit, faith based agencies that the disciplinary and judical conduct boards have no interest in upholding the US Constitution as such, and turn a blind eye and cold shoulder to complaints about these bigotted programs which serve to indicate just how uneducated and morally bankrupt the Pennsylvania Judicial System really is.

Kameen also sentences DWI offenders to pay Scranton Catholic Diocese $500 cash only, no health insurance coverage allowed in violation of the vehicle code's guarantee that treatment insurance coverage shall not be denied.

Furthermore, the low-lifes at Pike Co. EMS/911 have been routinely absconding with citizens @ $1,000 per ride to the Emergency rooms wherein absolutely no emergencies exist -- all in order to defraud the medical health care system.

Dear Bill,

I am happy for you that you are moving on from a busy worklife to pursue other interests in your life - I know you deserve it and have worked so hard all your life. But let me say that is painful to see you moving off the air. You will be sorely and pointedly missed by me and my family.

I have watched your program assiduously in the last several years and have avidly watched your work on television for most of my life - I distinctly remember watching Bill Moyers Journal episodes as a teenager where you interviewed author James Dickey and another author, whose name escapes me, who wrote a book called "Hard Scrabble". I don't mean to go on, but I hope you can get the idea that your work always has been important and memorable.

I must say that your program is the only show I regularly watch on television, period. That's really the highest praise I can give you: in the vast wasteland that is broadcast television, your program stands out as the only one in my mind where intelligent, thoughtful, and concerned individuals actually discuss what is really going on in our country, its economy, political life, and culture. I owe you a profound debt of gratitude for that as do so many others.

So much is at stake at this time in our country: after a long period of corruption and abuse, do we have the will and energy to repair and renew our country? I can always count on you to at least ask the questions, frame the debate, and have the courage to look at and discuss the actual state of our country, the neglect of its people, and the many challenges it faces.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a lifetime of service. Your courage, eloquence, and passion are unmatched!

Your friend and admirer,
James Brodie

There is no other show like the Journal. Where will we go to have the real issues discussed and the truth exposed. I can't think of anyone more respected than Bill Moyers. Can't Bill Moyer's at least pick someone to take over the Journal?

Thanks!

Say, what could there be that is worth while & you haven't done? Sit back with your feet up on the table?
That' won't last.
See you next year!

Respectfully,
Billy Bob Florida

Thank you from Luxembourg.

I have been watching you since your piece with Joseph Campbell - which I loved. I am sorry to see you go, but I'm looking forward to your future contributions. I will miss watching you every Friday evening and learning something new and important that always affects my life. May you have a happy and healthy retirement - you will be missed...

Thank you.

You do more in a week than I do in a year.

I do not question your right to move on, but I do question the cancellation of NOW and World Focus.

Tell me why my money would not now be better spent with Democracy Now!?

Anyway, thanks for every single thing that you do. You move us forward -- if social evolution is possible, we may just survive our current self destructive phase.

I selfishly want you to stay, but appreciate your need to move on. I have followed you on the air, and in print for over 40 years as you moved around the political and broadcast spectrum. Your going marks one less light of intelligent reason and compassion in the broadcast world.

But I can't wait to see what you'll do next. :-)

God bless you and yours forever and ever. Amen.

Dear Bill Moyers

I need not add anything that others had already posted here. Thank you.

Gratefully.

Donald Wong

Sir, it has been my pleasure to watch your program for many years. While many times I found myself disagreeing with the viewpoints presented, I always immensely respected the work of yourself and your staff in creating perhaps the best hour of journalism on television. Your depth of reporting, exploring, analyzing issues will truely be missed. Contratulations on a job well done.

Mr. Moyers,
You are like family. I will miss you beyond words. Thank you for being our moral beacon. Thank you for always being there for us.

My best friend Dr. George Nagamatsu was an inspiration and model for living a committed life. He always did the right thing and lived to serve humanity. Dr. Nagamatsu was also a global leader in his field and practicing physician till the age of 97.

With people like you and “Dr. George” there is still hope for us all.

Enjoy your retirement Mr. Moyers. I thank you greatly for helping me better understand still in my young age the essence of a democracy and to see the difference between real informative discussions and mere argument for the sake of ratings. These are lessons I will use for the rest of my life to the benefit of the US. If I may be so daring, I would humbly request posting a blog at some point that outlines how you manage to find such a plethora of disparate information on a variety of topics (besides having research staff). What websites, newspapers, magazines etc. Thank you.

Dear Bill

Whenever possible I made it my business to be home on Friday evenings to watch The Journal. I feel I need to add my thanks to you and your staff. You taught me much. I know one needs time to enjoy family and to travel or to just "be." However, I do hope once in awhile you will grace us with a "special?" Peace and all the best, Sarah Melici

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Wishing you the best in retirement - you deserve it just the way you want it. Your magnanimous service for democracy, humanity, and the earth is righteous, kind and appreciated.

Don't be a stranger; you take care.
Dave

WTF!!! I can't believe it. I'm simply devastated you're leaving the airwaves. You have been the only consistent voice of sanity among the dreck that passes for news today. I am very, very worried for our future civic discourse.

Have fun on the golf course!

God Bless you Mr Bill!

Thanks for all you've done.

Dear Bill: The end of the Journal is devastating news. We need you more now than at any time, as corporations, lobbyists, the privileged and the corrupt consolidate their control of government. But I wish you a long and healthy retirement and much happiness. Here's hoping we'll see you again sometime, when you feel something important needs to be said. You've been the most important and most principled journalist in America, with matchless eloquence, intelligence and compassion. I can't imagine what we'll do without you. But thank you for that, for your ringing defense of democracy, decency and honesty, and for your courage and caring. After every installment of the Journal I've said aloud: "Thank God for Bill Moyers". For decades yours has been the only public face I've loved unreservedly.
John

Dear Mr. Bill,

If there was something that I did not want to miss on the TV, it was your show.

For someone who came to this country from India, your show taught me many things. Your shows covered such a wide ranging topics, upon the end of every show, I would feel little bit more happy little bit and more informed. Often times, I would have questioned my way of thinking on many aspects when it did not line up with the words of the leaders, but your show would build confidence in me.

Your shows reflected views that are so down to the earth, straight to the core, the most honest and humble. They always made something in my heart resonate.

Thank you very much for your extraordinary journalism. I am sad I will miss watching your shows. However, I wish you all the very best in your retired life.

Take care, Best regards,
Yadu

We feel like the kid who said, with tears in his eyes, "Say it ain't so!"
But the comparison stops there -- you made a huge contribution to our lives, our world and we'll be much the worse without your intelligent and always honest voice.
Thank you!

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Thank you for the years of your work and true service to this country in all that you do and have done. You are a beacon of light, reason, truth, courage, wisdom, hope and compassion in this country and world. You are a true inspiration for many and I praise you as a true American and hope and pray that many will continue to be inspired by the role model that you are and continue the dedication to truth and excellence that you so eloquently have done over the years. Your weekly presence on PBS will be truly missed.
Best of wishes and godspeed!

Bill: We have been your most ardent Canadian listeners and fans. We have learned so much from you and your guests. You have been a voice of reason, intelligence and wisdom. While we understand your decision, we will miss your show; it feels as if we are losing a very dear friend. We wish you the very best and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Freda & Arshad (Montreal)

My friends and I on DemocracyInteractive.com regularly watch and chat about your program.

We are saddened to see the television portion of your program end and excited to see how your program will continue on the web.

You've been such a friend to Americans who want to see the truth about our system and we will miss your friendly face on our televisions, but we will look forward to seeing you whereever we can.

Thank you for all you've done.

Bill,

You were a saving grace with the debut of NOW in the months after 9/11 when I was 'stranded' in the abyss of So. California... such a breathe of reasoned speech over KCET's airwaves... especially in those particularly dark days of the funny mirrors circus that passed for media/gov't ( and continues, in the main). It was a pleasure to see you hand off that show to Californian David B. and begin this wonderful 'Journal' broadcast.

Well, sure you have your biases, but you wear them on your sleeve, are honest about them, and allow for a level-headed discussion. I dare say, a pleasant discussion. Your venue has been one of few surviving trees in the clearcut of corporate media control strewn with fields of stridency and loud, meaningless vitriol.

I concur with you and your FCC guest next week that "net neutrality" is the most important battle of our generation. One in all objectivity which should not even need to be fought, but for only the deviousness that is 99% of corporations. Net Neutrality is the modern day equivalent of owning a printing press.... and, even more importantly, allowing unhindered distribution of the printed product. The corporations got their way with the Fairness Doctrine and have turned our public! airwaves into a cesspool of distractions and misinformation. Let us never forget who paid for this new communications platform, this interconnected network--OUR government--via OUR tax dollars. There should not even be a discussion of whether a corporation can control what is communicated on the people's internet, but, perhaps, rather a toll they should pay to our communities similar to the local public access channels cable systems fund.

I add my wishes for a wonderful 'retirement', but I am sure a lion such as yourself will keep incredibly busy. I look forward to your wise view from the elder circle in future books, and perhaps I will be able to hear you in person if you ever partake in a bit of the lecture circuit.

Thank you for keeping the career choice of 'journalism' one for others to aspire to!

peace,

P.

Dear Bill,

As a Canadian onlooker, I thank you for your many years of presenting the "examined" life.

Glenn

We will indeed miss you on Friday nights. Your program has been a beacon of light in the darkness of East Texas. It has been assuring that a voice of truth has come out of Marshall. I hope you take retirement seriously and if you ever come back to Marshall let me know and I would love to meet with you for some coffee and friendship.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

Your program has been an education for me, as I have watched it almost every Friday night for the last 4 or 5 years.

You will be greatly missed, but I am sure you will continue to set an example for us, your listeners.

My very best wishes to you,

Darby

Bill, I have followed your career since the Johnson administration. You have been a consistent voice of reason, inquiry, courage and generosity of spirit. In tone and in content your program has reminded me many time of I.F. Stone. While you certainly deserve an enjoyable retirement, you will be missed. I only hope PBS develops a series worthy of your time slot.

Bill
As a past interloper and now a rabid fan, I will truly miss you!
Your courage and intellect to develop programs on a very broad independent range of social, political and economic topics is a scarcity in today's directed media advocacy and brainwashing.
I hope one will follow to pick up your heavy and unresolved works in progress!
I will cherish your wisdom.
Walt Knepper

Like all your viewers, I'm so sorry you're retiring. I've been deeply worried about the lack of evidence-based journalism and rational, civil discourse in our media for a long time; your continued presence on the air has reassured me. I wish you a peaceful retirement. I also hope that someone will replace you who will continue in your footsteps. Your show reminded us that reform does come in cycles- I hope The Journal will be around in some form to lead the way. Thank you for all you've done over the years!

- Chris Parkhurst

Sorry, I admire your work Bill but to abandon ship at 76 just as it is heading for the iceberg seems to betoken a lack of true idealistic motivation to leave the world better than you found it, despite your good efforts to date. You can't handle ONE hour every week, even with staff and interns etc? At 76, which is the new 56? Please, unless you are actually ill with a serious problem like Rachel Carson this is a very bad example to set the dwindling ranks of those who realize the decline of values in this society as the Supreme Court and the Republicans lead us all into an even bigger takeover by large corporate interests than ever before. Corporations which as your program tonight pointed out are completely without social ethics in large swathes of their activity. 86 maybe Bill, but not 76, for Heaven's Sake. There are few who can manage so skilfully to bridge the gap between collegiality and accusation when dealing with these miscreants, and you are wrong to leave the field. Charlie Rose will not make up for your absence.

You ever see a team time trial in a bicycle race? Everyone stretched out in a line with every rider taking a 'pull' at the front, cutting the wind for the riders behind. And the strongest team riders take the longest pulls. Well, Bill, you've done a long pull and you certainly deserve a rest, but the team will sorely miss your strength up front. In a time of many onlookers but few witnesses, yours has been a stolid voice of reason and truth. You will be missed.

Though I know, you must part, the life must go on.
The memories of you and your JURNAL shall be with us forever.
I wish you the best and long life.

All that I can do is applaud all that Bill Moyers has done. Selfishly, I would like for him to continue with his excellent program. I know that over the years Mr. Moyers programs have meant a lot to me. There have been so many people and issues that he has brought to me that I might not otherwise have discovered. One from years ago was John Graves, whose wonderful books I've read. There have been many others.
Mr. Moyers clear thinking and eloquence have been inspiring and informative.
I want the best in the future for Mr. Moyers and all those who have been responsible for his excellent programs.
Thanks

How about an article on the NRA and the new gun law in Arizona? Afraid to report it? That would be real journalism.

A. M. Snow

Bill Moyers is the best interviewer on TV he always makes it so interesting and gives us so much knowledge about the world around us. All of his programs are so good and informative. I really enjoyed some of hid videos such as the Power of Myth with Joseph Campbell who is so interesting. Also another one that stands out is the one about acupucture in China also choosing when to die. Of course there are many but at my age I just do remember. I will miss you Bill but want to get those three videos so I can see them again.Not great with words but will miss the Journal and hope we will see him occasionally with other shows. Enjoy your time off

Bill,
With the simultaneous loss of both NOW and the JOURNAL at the end of this month, we have lost the last voices of expose against the advancing tyranny. This country is rapidly removing any and all opposition to its bid for dictatorial rule of the planet. It is probably a good time for all of us to head for the hills!

KR

Dear Mr. Moyers,
The Bill Moyers Journal is the one program I look forward to each week. I especially enjoy your essays. If only we could expand your broadcasts to a wider audience! Your program has been, in my opinion, a clear beacon of reason, honesty, civility, and hope. Thank you so much for your integrity and hard work. We wish you all the best in your retirement. Tom

Thanks for all you've done to shine the lights where most needed. You've asked the questions I wanted answered, explained the issues I didn't fully comprehend, and editorialized with an honest bluntness I can't get enough of. Good luck - hope to see you soon.

Dear Mr. Moyers:

This is very sad news to our family. We rely on your in depth interviews and examination of interesting topics un- or under-reported on by other media sources. Enjoy your next adventure. You've done a great job for us all.

Dear Bill,

Thank you for many years of delivering news that few other news organizations will touch these days.

The end of The Journal & Now will leave a gaping hole in this regard next week.

I'm so sorry to see you go, but wish you the best.

My sincere thanks for your many years of excellent work to inform us.

A fan,
Kerry

Dear Bill,
Watching your Journal on Fridays is one of the few oases for shared --trustable-- critical thinking, empathy, solidarity, compassion, and beauty. Thank you for so many meaningful hours! I am already missing you. Take good care of yourself--we want you actively involved until you turn 120(!)

With your departure we are losing the only TV that we ever watch other than the local news and weather and we are broken-hearted. We are a pair of ancient liberals, both nearing 89, and the clarity of your voice and viewpoint are just about all that gave us hope for a return of the more compassionate America in which we grew up.
We'll miss you and your loss slows the heartbeat of this nation.

I will miss being as informed because "journalists" today aren't doing that. I thank you for these years and wish you all the best in retirement, you will be missed...

Dear Mr Moyer,

My Parents gave me two priceless gifts.The gift of my faith and a good education.The education came via the nuns who taught me to learn.Critical
thinking and research were always paramount to drawing a conclusion.The truth will set you free still stand today.And you have proven the truth can still be found - if only we look for it.God bless you always. Anglea

Bill-
You have remained the iconic representation of speaking truth to power and to -- or on behalf of -- the powerless for many decades. Realizing that you fear not critiquing either the right or the left, the young or the old, the institutional or the independent, you have demonstrated that truth and enlightenment cannot be owned by a constituency, but rather can prove beneficial to all constituencies.

You will be sorely missed, and I thank you for fostering hope, and a future vision for everyone.

Dear Bill,
I have seen you speak at journalism conferences, on Now and on the Journal. You have been an inspiration to generations of journalists and a voice of reason and enlightenment to your viewers.
I hope that you have mentored a young journalist to take on your role of introducing thinkers, writers and activists to the general public who would otherwise go unnoticed or unheeded.

As for the next chapter, a great book would be in order and much appreciated by many.

However: I wish for you a raft ride down a wild river in a National Park, a sunset on a beach in Kona, Hawaii, touring London with good old friends, a safari in Africa, or whatever your hopes and dreams and the wishes of your family entail. This chapter could be your finest. You have served long and well and we will forever miss your voice and courage.
With love,
Annie Linn

We can't say more or different things than those who commented before us. Run for president, and we'd vote for you!!

All good things have an end, and your TV programs have been truly " a good thing ".
We will miss you.Bon Voyage.

Bill, you are the cream of the crop, the gold standard in journalism. Thank you for your dedication to persuing the truth and exposing the fruits of your labors with all of us. Your excellence will be sorely missed.

I sent this email to Michael Getler the Ombudsman at PBS http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/2010/03/the_mailbag_25.html

Here is a quote from your blog; Back in November, PBS talked generally about "our review and reinvention of the News & Public Affairs genre on PBS" and about its initiative "to revitalize public media."

Great journalism is timeless, there is no need to "revitalize or reinvent it, especially not with topics inspired by social media. Just because something is popular is no relation to how relevant it is, or the need for the truth that only real journalism can uncover. It is an insult to NOW and Bill Moyers to even make such a statement.

Anyone who watched these revealing programs knows they were timeless and no reinvention is necessary. I sure hope you don't think Charlie Rose and Frontline are the next targets for reinvention.

Bill, I hope that you don't disappear completely from the scene. If something comes up that could use an hour show to address it would be great to think that we have more than just Glenn Greenwald for info. You are a source of our nations great wealth of thinkers and truth seekers.

Dear Bill Moyers,
Months ago I wrote to my friends that your show was going to end. I felt devastated. I have really enjoyed your choice of guests, and your interviews with them. I've watched you almost every Sunday night, just before the Jane Austen shows. A perfect night!
All of my work with my Quaker Friends has been complemented by your wonderful show. Our Peace Vigil, our postcards to Congress, our phone calls to Congress; do not exist in a vacuum.
You were there with your guests supporting us. Thank you and all your staff. Enjoy your freedom from work.
affectionately,

You obviously get enough brain stimulation...but what about your body Moyers?

Jack Lalane said that proper nutrition and exercise are the king and queen of good health. (And the king and queen must also sit on a throne of low stress living to have a long reign)

When it comes to our mind we can overwork it and need some relaxing of the brain as well. So if you find your mind working overtime and disturbing you sleep, scale back a notch or two on the brain work Moyers.

If you don't want to end up decomposing too quickly, as many old as well as young people, that retire to a life of TV and eating do. I suggest you dedicate your new life and all that free time to health and well-being Moyers. Any spare time from exercise should be used to grow and produce healthy food and manage your orchard.

These are areas train in, although time and money don't let me do all I wish to. But having the right formula is half the battle.

Weight / strength training

Aerobics / HIIT / Fartlek

Nutrition (Getting harder to do as time goes one and our food supply keeps decomposing.)

Balance / equilibrium training

Yoga / flexibility training

Speed training applied by body

Speed training applied by mechanical means

Height / altitude training

Pressure / depth training

Centrifugal training

Jump / Height / Plyometrics training

Breath Holding training

Lung expansion training

Ambidextrous training

Inversion training

Timing and Coordination training

Agility training

Stability training

Cold training

Mind training

Mind relaxation / meditation (zazen)

Proper Sleep...(yep I have to train in sleep too! The way modern man and woman live has lost all connection with natural sleep cycles set forth by nature. A diver summed up his sleep training as well as mine - "I plan my sleep and sleep my plan.")

Now, none of us will be ultimate survivors Moyers, we all have to die one day. But the successful survivor extends his or her life beyond an earlier death...a death that was caused by ignorance of how to make that life last longer.

Good luck with your retirement and thank you for the outstanding service to truth you have provided us.

Allenwrench

"When the sun rises I go to work,
When the sun goes down, I take my rest,
I dig the well from which I drink,
I farm the soil that yields my food,
I share creation, Kings can do no more."

Ancient Chinese, 2500 BC

dear bill, such reinforcement your program gives to our belief in intellectual compassionate longterm insight into and discussion with our world.
and your world. we are in canada.
all in hopes of good and better decisions.

i have been experiencing retirement as a very beneficial stage of life in many respects. wish the same for you.

your example will inspire others - we trust - on teevee - we hope.

endless thanks for friday nights. love you will miss you. riamaria helena theresia & willem jonkman

Mr. Moyers,

My utmost thanks for teaching me to question.

Dear Bill,

There is no way to thank you for the contribution you've made throughout your life. For me personally, you've kept my hope afloat. You've been a touchstone of trust and integrity, not just in the news you've provided, but the example you have set in the process. The knowledge of your guests has always taken center stage. You've raised the mean discourse standard tremendously: critical yet respectful and always substantive.

While I'm sad to hear you are leaving the journal, I am happy for your retirement; you've certainly earned it.

Thanks to you and all the people that work with you on the journal.

WHERE IS MY LOAN MODIFICATION BANK OF AMERICA?

If it walks like a piggy, talks like a piggy, by golly it’s a PIGGY!

BofA and it’s CEO Brian Moynihan reminds me of that song by John Lennon and George Harrison titled "Piggies" I invite you to listen to this song on youtube and see if it appropriately fits.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTmeHM-Hojg&feature=related

Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.

In their ties with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

John Wright vs. Bank of America Lawsuit at:

http://www.topix.com/content/prweb/2010/03/united-law-group-files-suit-against-bank-of-america-on-behalf-of-john-wright

When I filed my lawsuit against Bank of America, myself and United Law Group thought of the many others out there in the same situation. It was then that we decided to educate the public on what these piggy banks are doing, as well as unite us all together as one voice. Please help me turn this David vs. Goliath modification process, into a Goliath vs. Goliath.

Please stand with me and United Law Group and send an email to Bank of America that states that we will no longer tolerate their potentially illegal, fraudulent, irregular and abusive business methods.

Divided we might have fell America, but united we must stand!

Please send your email directly to Bank of America and include the following:

1. Your name
2. Your complaint concerning your experience with Bank of America.
3. Please end your email “I support John Wright vs. BofA Lawsuit!”
4. Please send a copy of your email to johns-wright@hotmail.com
5. Please send your email to both BofA link below and the CEO email

CEO Brian Moynihan:
brian.t.moynihan@bankofamerica.com

BofA Linked Email:
https://www3.bankofamerica.com/contact/?lob=general&contact_returnto=&state=VA


Bill,

Thank you for the class and grace you displayed as a journalist all these years. Your dedication to delivering quality reporting and investigative journalism has been greatly appreciated. You should know that not all young people are hypnotized by the flash and bang of other "news" networks. Many of us really appreciate the intelligence, quality and dignity with which you approached television journalism. You really restored my faith in the system. I feel fortunate for being able to have discovered your program and learned from you. Your presence will be deeply missed--you are truly a legend.

Best of luck in the future, and I wish you all the happiness in retirement.

I have followed you for over a decade and have never ceased to be amazed at your straight forward, calm approach in trying to ferret out the truth in this crazy world. As a Vietnam veteran and athiest.... I salute you, sir. May your path lead you to all you desire to accomplish.

i'm just not going to hear any of it...i'm simply going into denial! after april 30, i'll tune in and watch the test pattern and curse that the digital channel isn't coming in properly...that's all. lalalala...denial, plain and simple. ;)

I have to say that I am in shock, but also not so surprised with media being in such a confused state that it cannot realize what are its real assets.
I remember in the dark days at the height of the Bush/Cheney propaganda years, suddenly appeared a ray of objectivity and sanity. That ray was a program called NOW, you were the spearhead of this, and it was like opening a window and getting a breath of fresh air at each broadcast.
You moved on to the Journal and kept on giving us a sorely needed counter balance to all the noise with your thought-provoking discussions.
The fact that you decide to retire is sad but you surely deserve it. I am more troubled by the fact that PBS has to abolish what you created. It is to the best of my judgment a most misguided development.
I knew we were in trouble when a gentlemen in suspenders started to make insipid jokes and comments on a regular basis on this dial.
Thanks for all the amazing and enlightning work for all these years.

Dear Mr. Moyers:
I am so sorry to hear you are retiring. I would not go out on Fridays because of your program which was the most thought provoking program on TV. (Very rare) You will be sorely missed. I wish you well in your retirement and know that you have made a difference in this world, many thanks for that.
O. Mattis

Like all the others who have posted already, esp. Danial Kim, Laura Ice, Elise Bowers, my heart aches to see you leave PBS.

In the 1970's, I heard you say of Nixon re: Watergate, "He was either responsible, or irresponsible". Again and again through the years, a current situation has brought that sentiment to mind.

Looking forward to Michael Copps and Bill Black this week.

Best of everything to you, and thanks.

Bill Moyers,
You are doing a great job and I wish you the best with your next adventure.

There is land, sand and sea.
Then there is you and me.
That is all that we need to be.

Your admirer,

David Eddy

No No No.!!!!
Please say its not true.!
I am weeping as though I have just lost a close and loving friend.!!!

Oh no! "Say it ain't so."
Heaven help honest journalism, now. We need you. Your beacon needs to lead on...."say it ain't so."

There is nothing of substance that I can add to all the voices having expressed themselves before me. I just feel it's essential to be among them...to say "Thank you, Bill...you are truly awesome...there will never, ever be anyone quite like YOU!!" Namaste

I waited until today to check this site hoping that I had heard wrongly on last week's show. I was so hoping it was just the end of the season you had announced...

It's not just the quality of the material or the objectivity you bring to your questions, it's the brilliance in your words as you summarize on the topics. I will miss that the most. Your show has been pivotal in getting the conversation going across the land. I firmly believe that if the Journal and Now could be aired, as is, without commercial interruption on CBS, ABC, and NBC, our country would not be as divided as it is.

What will we do without you...

We have enjoyed your broadcast every Friday night-we know we can't replace your show.
The Alexander's

I haven't missed an episode since you brought back the show Bill. I hope that yuo've been steadily mentoring a replacement to ensure that your journalistic aproach is not lost with your retirement. But lets be clear, no one can replace you.

Like many others I first discovered you while watching the Power of Myth and have be a fan ever since. I have been mourning the end of the Journal for some time now and have still not come to terms with the loss your departure will create for me, the media and public. You will be sorely missed (by most) and impossible to replace. Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you in future.

Dear Mr. Moyers:

Many years ago, in the early 90’s I was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I was born. One Tuesday evening I was getting ready to leave my house to go to a party, when I caught a glimpse of a TV program on the equivalent of the PBS channel – it was the second program of the series “The Power of Myth, where you interviewed Joseph Campbell. For the next hour, I was glued to the TV and ended up staying at home for the rest of the evening, silently enjoying the thoughts provoked by the broadcast. In the following weeks I watched the next segment of the program, as well as its eventual reruns.

Years later, then (and now) living in Pittsburgh, PA, I was very pleased to meet you again, this time on ”Now”, and later on the Bill Moyers Journal. I must say that we watch very little TV on our household (no cable here), yet my Friday evenings are invariably spent in front of the TV. I’ve been watching the Journal since it started, and it has been extremely rewarding for me to be able to follow the depth of the discussions, often with highly intelligent people. The fact that the program deals with subjects that are often complex and allow a multiplicity of legitimate perspectives, makes it something extraordinary and much needed (maybe now more than ever). It is something like oxygen to any person looking to a fair minded rational current of thought (or does such thing exist?). The perspectives offered by your guests are often ignored by the media at large, as they cannot be reduced to a brief clip. Knowing that the program is coming to an end makes me sincerely sad, and I truly hope that the seed planted by you will be sprouting on PBS and other venues. And I hope that you will remain personally involved in making sure that such happens.

At the end of every Journal edition I invariably murmur to myself a deeply sincere “Thanks, Bill”. This time I will write, wishing you a happy, productive and fulfilling “retirement”. Thanks Bill!

With much admiration

Flavio Chamis
Pittsburgh, PA

Best of luck in your retirement Mr. Moyers. Selfishly, I'm sad to see you go. The Journal's content has always been a cut above anything on television, both intellectually and ethically, and the vacuum from your departure will never be filled.

The good in us will miss sharing the good in you. Enjoy your time with your family and doing the different things you haven't gotten to do.

Bill, you have been the standard-bearer for generations. Sad to see you go, sadder still to think that possibly there is no one to fill your enormous shoes. When Bill Moyers is gone, to whom can we turn for factual and thought-provoking journalism?

Will will miss you, in so many ways. But thank you for all that you have accomplished.

You're incredible and will be missed without a doubt. My heart sank when you announced your departure from PBS because I lack trust for the other news stations. You Mr. Moyers can stand proudly in the pantheon of great journalist such as Edward R. Morrow, Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor and others. Enjoy your new endeavors and God bless you sir.

Thank you for everything, Bill. Even though you have been like a knowledge rolodex with your variety of guests (I hope that came out right), the thing that has made me a loyal viewer, like so many others, was -- is your agenda. You’re not a Republican; you’re not a Democrat; you’re just some guy who believes in The Constitution, and The People it was meant to protect. This is why you are our hero and we will sincerely miss you. Take care.

Voice your own opinion.. www.impeachhim.com

Dear Bill-
I feel as though I know you. Your relaxed and spacious manner has made that knowing possible. You and the Journal have changed my life in so many positive ways. First and foremost was the series featuring Joseph Campbell. I had never heard of him before and his teachings presented through your beautifully crafted interview style have changed my life. The second watershed event was the segment featuring Pema Chodron. The magic of the communication prompted me to seek out the practice of Buddhism and I have been engaged with the practice ever since. Both of these programs nourished my spirit, my essence...not my academic mind. I am forever grateful. You really represent a beacon of light (knowledge). In a world of spin-media,your program stood apart,as a semblance of truth. Rare and beautiful.Thanks to your sponsor as well. The mere fact that they allowed you freedom to do your thing has afforded them my respect ( even if they are an insurance company ;-) )Thanks to each and every person who made your show possible.
My wishes to you for happiness and continued success in whatever project or activity comes next. I am hoping a book is something you'd like to accomplish.
I will stay engaged in the blog, but The Journal will be sorely missed. A light has been snuffed. It will be more difficult to access and realize the truth.
With much gratitude and again, kindest of wishes-
Your loyal fan-
Ruth
Pennington NJ

I cried at this news. (And I do not exagerate about it!) You have been my steady Friday night date for so long...what will I do?! I adore you and will miss you and your wisdom and your righteous indignation. Your sense of right and wrong is the sanest in the business and your sensibilities have helped shaped who I am today. I will miss you. I hope you have lots of fun and truly enjoy your new own "Third Chapter." Best, best wishes.

Bill, please excuse this if it is a second "send" of this message ... I think I messed up my original so I wanted to send another just in case.

I am really going to miss Bill Moyers Journal. I only discovered the program in 2007 and I have watched almost every episode since. I am particularly going to miss your visits with Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Good luck and best wishes as you begin your next steps in life. Sincerely, Jean

I've only found out about your show a few months ago and I saw everyone of them since (and a few alder ones too).
Although I am not from the U.S. (I live in Slovenia) your work really meant a lot to me and I'd like to thank you for it!
So thank you, and enjoy your life!

I've enjoyed the journal since the 1st episode and will miss it. You've been a strong and clear voice of reason and skepticism and have given us reason to hope that genuine journalism is not dead despite the efforts of corporate media.

I want to thank you, and wish you the best in the future.

Great Show great programs. Great man.

You shall be missed on TV.

Ron Sattar

Thank you, thank you so much Mr. Moyers for your shining beacon of reason through so many chaotic times!

Maybe now more than ever, when once again the country is polarized and America seems to be losing sight of the ideals it once stood for.

I honestly have to say that I feel sorry for myself and so many others who sometimes feel that we lack a voice and an ear amid all the loud screamings and bangings of inflammatory rhetoric across the air waves... and there you are/were.. calm, present and lucid.... the diamond in the garbage heap.

Thank you again for being the conscious of us all, and enjoy your retirement to do finally, exactly what you want to do.

The Journal is by far the best news journal in the media today. Whenever I felt like the madness of today's society was closing in around me, there you were reassuring me that progressive thinking and empathy has always and will always lead this country through. You have been an inspiration.Thank you and God bless you in all your future endeavors.

Dear Sir,
Words cannot describe
how your works preserved the honor of journalism,
against which there is currently much diatribe.
The integrity of your words and thoughtful discourse,
is why the news of your retirement have impressed sentiments of remorse.
The depth of thoughts reflected from your works Power of Myth, Chinese In America and NOW,
have caused many to think and question not just what, but why and how.
Dear Sir we wish you and your family a happy retirement!
We hope your future is blessed with continued joy, wisdom and much merriment!
Cheers to Bill Moyers
(though we hope to see you sometime soon- maybe even on World News with Diane Sawyer?)
:)

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Thank you. And thank Mutual of America for me. I tried to do that myself, but didn't see a way to email them on their website. I am impressed that they sponsored The Journal (or any show) without editing. That corporate sponsored freedom of speech is rare and appreciated. Enjoy your retirement!

Dear Mr Moyers-
I will miss you. The Journal has been, in my opinion, the most important program available on television. I was unhappy when you left NOW. Happy when you came back with The Journal. Sad to see you go now.... But I know (and hope) we haven't heard the last from you.

Bill,
I've been a huge fan of yours for many, many years. In fact, I first admired your television presence back when you were press secretary for President Johnson! I paid attention to your press conferences then, at least in part because your brother Jim and my dad were close friends and colleagues at Freeport Sulphur Co. In later years however, I paid attention to you because of your inquisitiveness, your deep wisdom, and your soft spoken eloquence. You are truly one of the giants of the modern progressive movement and for that I am deeply grateful.

Your presence on PBS will be sorely missed; hopefully your presence as a voice of reason in the world today will continue. Best wishes as you move on to your next phase!

Robin Feierabend

Mr. Moyers,
My family and I will miss your calming, eloquent, voice of sound reason and facts on Friday nights. You and your guests have always given me hope that there are true patriots out there watching out for all of us. We will miss you and wish you a wonderful retirement. Cathy

Say it isn't so, Bill! I grieved when you left NOW, rejoiced when you reappeared with The Journal, and already you're making me go through withdrawal again? Yet in spite of the emotional havoc you've wreaked, I still adore you. :-) Thank you for all your insightful, courageous, interesting, inspiring journalism. Thank you for making our Friday nights thought-provoking and informative. And thank you for introducing us to Playing for Change!

Whatever comes next for you, we wish you nothing but the very best. May you live long and prosper!

You could say that Bill Moyers is "just a man"; not much better or much worse than any other man or woman; but that is the finest trait of Bill Moyers: He never seems to forget that he's "just a man" ; not beneath the powerful and not above the rest of us. Here's hoping his successors on Friday night PBS will keep that virtue utmost. (You set a high standard for me to emulate, Bill. Thanks. Now I understand that exiting with grace is part of the overall deal.)

Mr Moyers: Thank you so much for these years of doing the impossible: cutting a path of clear vision through the muck of politics and finance in recent times. I first tuned into the Journal a few years ago with your guest Salman Rushdie and have tuned in nearly every week since. You and your guests eloquently explained happenings that made me angry (the Bush administration), you gave me hope that well-meaning politicians might still exist (Henry Waxman) and you led me up to the election of President Obama. I have directed young teens and senior citizens to your program; folks who wanted and needed understanding. You will be sorely missed and, I suspect, irreplaceable. Thank you SO much, and all the best to you.

Mr. Moyers.
My heart, as well as my mind aches at the fact that the journal will cease in a matter of days.

Where will I now get the kind of journalism you've delivered thus far.

Mr. Moyers, you have provided me with subjects and materials that have given growth, knowledge and insight to many things hidden and unknown, from the spiritual to the realities of every day life.

Thank you for the years of an intriguing forum and GREAT journalism!

You will be missed!

Thank you so very much!!!!!!!

Simply put, Bill-we love you.
You give us the hope needed by the clarity you have carried to us.
Going to miss you and your guests.
And America will miss a significant portion of its oft-hard-to-find conscience these days.
Happy Trails.

Thank You Bill, your commentary on 9/11 was without equal.

Mr. Moyers,

You are, indeed, "a gentleman and a scholar." We have all been so fortunate to have benefited from your passion, your curiosity and your impressive intellectual gifts, all these years. Thank you.

I shall eagerly anticipate your enriching our lives with your talents, albeit, in a more limited capacity, going forward.

My sincere gratitude and very best wishes for a rich future.

Thank you Sir, thanks to the successful Journal team, excellent job, among the best, high-art! :-)

Mr. Moyers,

Thank you for your insights and dedication to the truth. You will be missed. My husband and I watch you weekly, and we also re-watch your series The Power of Myth with Joesph Campbell.

Best wishes to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Bill,your Bill Moyers Journal has been our favorite program on TV for many years and my wife and I were really saddened to hear that you will not be on anymore. We thank you for the fine work that you have done and wish you well in whatever you do in the future. You have made an important contribution to understanding important political, philosophical and cultural events in our society and have brought intelligence and insight into a reasoned view of these events. Thank you, and Godspeed in the future.
Brian Wilson

Bill, I have been watching your show and reading your books ever since you and Joseph Campbell created " The Power of Myth". I had a sinking feeling in my heart knowing that April 30th will be your last show. You will be greatly missed. I wish you all the best. God bless you.

I'm glad there was somebody out there setting a standard on reporting a story that the public had the right to know about, and speak on with conviction and clarity. I found myself nodding yes to a whole lot of what was presented. I've missed a few weeks lately, only to come back and see this today. :(

Go live your life and do well. Thank you Mr. Moyers!! I will miss you; God bless!!

Thank you so much for providing such an amazing program for so many years. We are truly in your debt. Thank you also for reminding us that journalism is alive and well, even in the age of infotainment.

Best wishes for the adventures yet to come!

Your show will be missed Bill. I do hope however that we'll hear your voice in a form/medium in the near future.

I've been watching you since your 1970s "Creativity" series; most of the interesting things I know about this world I learned from you. I will MISS you. Would you write or call once in a while? :)

Thank you, Mr. Moyers. You are a true hero, and a legend, many times over.

Thank you and Happy Trails.

I am sorry to see you go. The Journal is my favorite program on all of TV. Thank you for educating us on the issues. Please keep us posted on facebook on books we should be reading. Enjoy.

I can not thank you enough for how the quality of your coverage has increased my understanding of so many varied and critical issues. I'm a better citizen for your efforts and little is more valuable to me than that. You have reason to be exceedingly proud of your body of work. I'll use your example as a role model for the rest of my life. Thank you so much for your dedication to truth and excellence.

Not since Cronkite have I felt quite this way about a departure. Good luck and godspeed.
Oh wait! You're not dead yet!
Keep giving 'em hell, sir. There's a long way yet to travel. Chomski's hanging tough.... don't see why you can't too.

Sir, I am so sorry that your show will end. My husband and I listen to your show each week. The Journal is the only place that presents accurate and timely news. Good Luck, we will miss your.

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