An update from New York City:
Last night’s party for “Super” was, in fact, super. The MacNeils and the Quinlans created a wonderful event. The president of the Borough of Brooklyn even made me an honorary citizen of Brooklyn based on my childhood affection for the long-lost Brooklyn Dodgers.
I appeared on the Don Imus program this morning and later did a series of other radio interviews via satellite (Raleigh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, St. Louis and Cleveland) as well as the Joan Hamburg radio show here in New York.
I am to tape a conversation with my PBS colleague and friend Charlie Rose this evening. It should be broadcast within the next few days. The subjects of today’s chats continued to be the Super Chief novel but also The NewsHour as a welcome escape from the rise in vitriol in the public discourse. Always happy to hear — and spread — that word.
I am off to Fort Worth tonight for a day tomorrow with the folks at BNSF Railway, which, as we often say, “for the record is a NewsHour underwriter.” The BNSF is the result of a merger between the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads. The Santa Fe was not only the creator of the Super Chief, it was an employer of my late father in the 1930s and 40s. He worked for Santa Fe Trailways, the bus line owned by the railroad. So the connections are many.
And I understand there is a terrific collection of Santa Fe and other railroad memorabilia there in Fort Worth …
More to come.
*You can keep up with Jim Lehrer while he travels the country to visit PBS stations and discuss his new novel, “Super,” on this road trip page*.