Ted Koppel Uncorks "Wisecracks" at Jennings Memorial Service

The TVNewser blog at Mediabistro.com has a set of recollections from a Peter Jennings memorial service today, and includes "wisecracks" from his ABC colleague Ted Koppel: "Peter was famously, even notoriously, attracted to women. Even so, he only married four of them."TV Newser reports Koppel also had some serious things to say. He preferenced these comments with "I am not gay, not that there's anything wrong with that," but "From the time I first met Peter 41 years ago, until our final meeting a few weeks ago, I felt a thrill whenever I saw him. Not many people have genuine charisma -- the kind of animal magnetism [that makes it hard to notice anyone else in the room]. Peter had that." The blog also has comments from Alan Alda, and notes that some big-name musicians performed, including the cellist Yo Yo Ma and bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.

Tim Graham
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