Tom Brokaw was one of the greatest anchors in the greatest era for anchors (the '80s?) and as such he had one of, perhaps thee, greatest newscaster voice -- a deep, roiling baritone that sounded like he had just come from the dentist, the NBC cafeteria, or FAO Schwarz (marbles). It had a lovely, inebriated bite, years away from Anderson Cooper's high-minded muttering and Katie Couric's robospeak. Lately, after decades in the seat on NBC, he's been on a victory lap of sorts, hosting Meet the Press, analyzing certain presidential elections, moderating certain presidential debates, and, starting this morning, signing your copy of his book Boom!: Talking about the Sixties: What Happened, How It Shaped Today, Lessons for Tomorrow, just released in paperback. A portrait of the '60s, the book measures other voices against his own, and is billed as a reunion of sorts of figures from 1968, including Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Nora Ephron, Gloria Steinem -- the book also has a picture of Dick Cheney in sunglasses, sitting on a motorcycle. If you want the true experience, skip the paperback and go for the audio book -- its read by Dan Rather. Kidding!
Fri., Nov. 28, 11 a.m., 2008