The Passing of Bob Grant

“We are all his students.  And anyone who approaches a microphone on this sad day owes him.

He could be infuriating, caustic and, often, outrageous.  But he was an American Original and a great champion and exemplar of Free Speech. 

I know he’s been lethal on the subject of the extraordinary individual I most admire in public life in America.  And he once called me a ‘Stooge for Mario Cuomo.’  And that’s when he was in a really good mood!

But Bob Grant was a gifted performer and a provocative social commentator.  As the Dean of talk show hosts, he was without peer in our profession. 

I always thought the guy was like Lazarus in the Bible:  you couldn’t kill him!”



William O’Shaughnessy