TV IN HIGH HEELS: A TRIBUTE TO ALAN COLMES
I am going to shift gears a bit tonight and talk about someone who is special to me. As many of you know, Fox News anchor and radio commentator Alan Colmes died today after a brief illness. He was intelligent, passionate and had a great sense of humor. Many people loved him and tuned in to hear his feelings on current events. For me, it is a bit different.
Many people don’t know this, but when I was 21, I interned at Fox News with Geraldo Rivera. On my very first day, I was working on coverage for the Iraqi elections. While I was there, I ran into Mr. Alan Colmes. I was really excited because I always enjoyed watching him on Hannity and Colmes and his banter with Sean Hannity. The two of them together were amazing and I loved watching them every night.
I was feeling particularly bold, so I went up and introduced myself, saying I was a new intern and a fan of his. He took the time to shake my hand, talk to me and wish me luck. It was a brief conversation, but one that has stayed with me ever since. (I later discovered we were birthday twins, which made me into an even bigger fan!)
I ran into him occasionally throughout my internship and he would always say hello and smile at me. For an aspiring journalist, this was such a gift. Someone so famous, someone I adored and admired, taking the time to acknowledge my presence made me realize that this man was head and shoulders above many others. He was down to earth and caring, and I will never forget that.
The world is a little bit darker today, for we lost a great man. My heart breaks for his wife and his sister-in-law Monica Crowley. My condolences for all of those whose lives he touched, for those who had the honor of knowing him, for those who called him family or a friend. #RIPAlanColmes