Skip to comments.Five years ago (7/12/2008) we lost Tony Snow, far too early...A video remembrance..
Posted on 07/08/2013 10:52:27 AM PDT by ken5050
This Friday is the fifth anniversary of Tony Snow's death, at far, far too young an age, from colon cancer. Many here may not know, or perhaps have forgotten, that Tony was a FReeper..Here's the link to the thread that announced his death. I thought that many would enjoy recalling some memorable moments of Tony at his best.
After starting out as a newspaper columnist and editorial page editor, he began his political career as a speechwriter and media affairs adviser to the first President Bush. For many years, he was the permanent substitute host for Rush Limbaugh. He then had a very successful radio program of his own, which was the subject of a daily thread here on FR, much as is done today with Rush and Mark Levin. IIRC, the thread regulars termed themselves "snowflakes."
Tony joined FR on 4/23/1998, part of the great FReeper class of 1998. (as an aside, I still find it hard to realize that I joined some two weeks after). His screen name was "tony snow" and he'd post often , especially on the threads about his radio show.
Tony Snow was the first host of "FOX News Sunday", from 1996 to 2003, which finally gave conservatives a Sunday talking head show we could watch without turning off the TV set, and served to counter the liberal bias of the MSM.
Tony Snow joined the Bush administration as Press Secretary on May 8, 2006, and Freepers and conservatives everywhere rejoiced that we'd no longer have to put up with the inept, bumbling, fumbling Scott McClellan. Tony immediately started putting the media in their place; albeit with humor.
It should be noted here for the record that in one of the most breathtaking acts of cyber deception; just before the appointment was announced, EVERY SINGLE mention of Tony, every thread, every post, every cyber footprint by him, was scrubbed. You never would have known that he'd ever been here. Some day Jim Robinson should write the story of how that came about. Obviously, it had to be done, otherwise Snow would have had to spend the first 30 minutes of each WH press conference explaining, well...just about everything that goes on here, gets written here.
Snow was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005. He had surgery, returned to FOX News, and was then appointed as Press Secretary in 2006. The cancer returned, sadly, and Snow was forced to curtail his duties as Press Secretary while getting treatment. He died on July 12, 2008. He was always a gentleman, one of the best. He is still missed ( especially when we have to watch Chris Wallace on Sunday mornings.)
I haven't read anything recently about his wife and children. I hope that they are doing well in life,and are comforted by the memory of the time they did spend with him. If anyone has any information, please add it below.
I've searched YouTube, and below are links to some of the Tony's best, most memorable moments. I suspect that many have others, please add the links:
I'd be remiss if I neglect to post my personal favorite..when Tony was interviewing Sen Byrd, and "Sheets" went off about "white ni**ers
RIP Tony and our prayers are with your loved ones
A true Christian Geltleman. Class of 98 BTTT.
We miss you Tony.
I’m in that age group now, early 50s and pretty scary stuff. This is the age when people you knew all your life start dropping off. A friend of mine died a couple years ago from the big C, same age as Tony I believe 52. Then you got James Gandolfini - drops dead of a heart attack only 51 same as John Candy. A lot of people buy it in their 50s for some reason, Steve Jobs, Bogart, Steve McQueen, Michael Landon, Bill Bixby, Frank Zappa, Warren Zevon, almost the entire group of the Ramones... For some reason the 50s seem to be this hump where if you can cross it you’ll probably live into your 70s or later.
I miss Tony Snow.
“Tony joined FR on 4/23/1998, part of the great FReeper class of 1998.”
I was in that class, too: joined Feb. 28, 1998.
Mr Snow was a true gentleman. He was patient and truthful. A real class act.
RIP Mr Snow.....the world is a poorer place without you in it.
Remarks of Tony Snow ... Upon Receiving Freedom of Speech Award From The Media Institute Friends & Benefactors Awards Banquet Washington, D.C. October 16, 2007
Full remarks of Tony Snow pdf.
He is truly missed.
I would give so much to hear his take on this crew in charge
right now! He would eviscerate them and never get mean. :)
Thank you for posting this thread and providing these wonderful videos of our FReeper FRiend. He was the only “celebrity” I know that actually enjoyed interacting with us! And told the whole world that he was doing so.
So very true, dear LUV W!
Probably the point in life where your bad habits start to kill you if you haven't given them up by your early 40's.
It’s mind blowing the amount of people who bought the farm in their 50s. That’s exactly it what you said, the piper comes calling on all those bad habits and I haven’t exactly been a saint in that dept. When I use to live in Queens New York I came home one day and found my neighbor in the hallway completely bald. I han’t seen her in a while and she started crying told me she had lung cancer and been getting the chemo and radiation. Long time smoker although she quit 5 years earlier. A month after I seen her she was dead, only 54.
We all miss you, Tony! Miss your posts directly to us. WOOF!
Bless your heart for this ping, LUV W. It’s just so hard to write with the screen all blurry. I can still hear Tony’s marvelous voice telling about how he and his wife walked their older son to school on his first day, while pulling the younger one behind in a little red wagon. What a sweet picture. Such a gentle soul—a true gentleman, a man of great integrity. It was an honor to be able to hear and see him, unfortunately, for way, way too short a time. Looking forward to all the links—this site is truly a keeper.
Hope my husband can repair my snowflake earring! And hope we get to see all the Snowflakes here once again!!
Ken, this thread truly is a work of love. Thank you for taking the time to gather these wonderful moments of our beloved Tony Snow. We have somewhere to go to get away from all the insanity surrounding us now.
Our prayers are with his family.
Thanks for the ping. I met my husband on FR listening to Tony. God Bless his soul and watch over Jill and the kids. Gone but NOT forgotten.
WOOF! FR has never been the same since Tony’s passing.
Never forgotten! How I miss his really fair and balanced analysis during these scary times!
You’re welcome, Big Guy! :)
My great pleasure... glad you enjoyed it..
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