http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/07/30/obit.snyder.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories [Broken]SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Talk show host Tom Snyder, whose smoke-filled interviews were a staple of late night television, has died after a struggle with leukemia. He was 71. [continued]
I have been a fan of Snyder since his early days as an anchor of NBC news in Los Angeles. While Snyder essentially pioneered the light-hearted approach to news broadcasts that we see today - adding some humor to the stuffy traditional style of the time - he also managed to get into trouble on a regular basis. IIRC, he lost his job at NBC news when he started kidding his co-anchor, Trisha Toyota, by repeatedly citing the car slogan, "try a Toyota". And though destined to be a controversial figure, Snyder was the first to make the news entertaining. My dad and I watched him every night for the comedy as much as the news.
From there he went to The Tomorrow Show, which I watched for many years. I remember him talking one night with a comedian and good friend - forget his name - about an evening at an expensive Los Angeles restaurant. After getting exceedingly drunk, they noticed two suits of armor in the lobby. Somehow they managed to get into the armor and started greeting guests with a sword and lance, which nearly got them arrested.
RIP Tom. You gave us many great hours of laughter and entertainment.
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