Bill Burns’ quirks

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In recent days, I have seen glowing accolades in the PG letters to the editor about how wonderful Bill Burns was when he reported the local news here.

May I share my memories of Bill? He was a grumpy curmudgeon who purposely mispronounced certain words for effect. The word I most remember him butchering on purpose over and over was, “Saw-oo-dee Arabia,” for Saudi Arabia, with emphasis on the middle syllable. Other things he did were, for example, to refer to young hoodlums as “punks.” I am reasonably sure that word was not in his script.

Finally, what I detested the most was his need, when certain stories were reported, to make sure the viewer knew exactly what he was thinking, either by comment or body language. So unprofessional. Guess nobody ever told Bill his job was only to report the news, not to make sure everybody knew what he thought. 

And people look back on this legacy in endearing ways? As Walter Cronkite would say, not this reporter.

They say timing is everything. If Bill were alive today, he probably would be recruited by Fox News and would, undoubtedly, be a standout!


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