Roger Mudd RIP

That’s a name from the past.

Oh, wow. 93 is a good run, but yeah, I remember hearing his reports quite frequently when I was younger. Back when network news was news rather than entertainment…

He was a regular at the steakhouse I used to run in McLean VA. Really nice guy, really nice family.

Another regular guest from those restaurant days was a woman who worked as a production assistant at CBS News in the 1970s and 1980s. During news broadcasts, she’d sit just off camera below eye-level of the desk where the AP wire feed was set up, handing off anything breaking to Cronkite or Mudd (who anchored a lot of weekend broadcasts) as needed. I love weird little journalism details like that.

I remember when I was very young one of my friends told me that Roger Mudd was king of the mudmen, and if you watched his broadcasts carefully sometimes you’d see his mask slip and his true nature would peek through. I became a very careful news watcher for a while there. Yes, I was a very credulous boy.

Roger Mudd was also a collateral – not direct – descendant of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who famously set the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth after the Lincoln assassination.

That is hysterical.