Friday, June 15, 2012
New Yorkers are the luckiest people in the world. We had Sue Simmons for 32 years giving us the news, lots of laughs and so much heart you could feel hers reach through the television screen. Tonight, she signed off from WNBC TV for the final time.
In addition to giving us the 11pm news, Sue and Jack Cafferty hosted the very popular Live at Five, which ran from 1980 until 1991 as a talk show, and then re-purposed with a news format until 2007. But back in the day, it was a much respected pit stop for celebrities who'd pass through New York in the midst of promoting a film or book. Sue's disarming approach to her guests always made for a fun, relaxing give and take, providing memorable interviews and a must see when you got home after a long day.
Through wars, riots, weather, and the day to day tragedies of New York's inner city streets, we had Sue and Chuck. Oh, she may have flubbed a few words and dropped the "F' bomb (no need to apologize to me, Ms. Simmons), the lady had class, style, humor and a charisma that we'll never see again. It's amazing that the Today Show never gave her a chance to host, because she's a damn sight better than the set of identical mannequins with lady parts who host now.
Good luck, Sue.