- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Although it was not a surprise, it was with great sadness that I learned of the death of the legendary and extraordinary conservative columnist Robert D. Novak after a valiant and lengthy battle with brain cancer (“Robert Novak, R.I.P.,” Editorial, Wednesday).

Mr. Novak was a hard-working and brilliant journalist. The sources he had developed over decades of experience and his laudatory work consistently made for the delivery of exclusive information, fascinating columns and insightful, gripping and colorful commentary throughout his extensive body of print and television work.

Mr. Novak was firm and unyielding in his beliefs. Though he could be seen as arrogant and condescending, his firmly held views were always arrived at through a thorough analysis of the facts. Consequently, he would win most debates over issues.

I had the pleasure of meeting and shaking the hand of Mr. Novak following a taping of CNN’s “Capital Gang” in the early 1990s at George Washington University. I summoned up the nerve to approach him as he was talking with people after the show, interrupted him and told him how I admired him and what a thrill it was to be in the audience for such a wonderful program. He was charming and delightful, and he did not seem to mind the disruption in the least. It was a moment I have cherished.

The political world has lost one of its luminaries. Mr. Novak was one of a kind, and he shall be sorely missed.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

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