That Was Irving R. Levine

I arrived at college the same year that ABC launched Nightline (originally: the late, great Frank Reynolds hosting “America Held Hostage”), and Ted Koppel’s face graced my dorm room almost every night for four years. I learned to love TV news in high school, however, and that’s because I was a huge fan of Irving R. Levine.

Irving R. Levine had an understated style, a dry wit, and intelligence to spare.  With Irving R. Levine, you didn’t need an economist to know which way the market blows.  

Irving R. Levine had a look and a voice that couldn’t get him a job today running errands for a televised news program.  Times changed long ago.  Irving R. Levine died the other day, and an era passed with him.