It’s officially over now. Sue Simmons signed off NBC 4 New York nightly news for the final time last Friday night, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the studio (or on our face). However, the night was not without some touching tributes from local personalities who love Sue just as much as we do, including some former and current New York Mets. It certainly says something about Sue that she inspires such adulation in the people who we ourselves revere. She’s bigger than New York sports, bigger than Jimmy Fallon, and, now, bigger than NBC News. Here’s hoping we see her again real soon (please, please take up Terry Collin’s offer).
And for good measure:
The first of a multi-part tribute to the first woman in local New York news:
Sue seemed a little reluctant to unveil her 2011 Groundhog impression last night, perhaps aware of the phenomenon her yearly tradition has become thanks to YouTube, but Chuck rightly surmised that if Sue didn’t look into the camera and crinkle her nose they’d have a viewer revolt on their hands, a bloody coup. And Sue recognized the importance of her signature impersonation, understanding that with all the terrible things going on in the world – the flailing economy, the incessant snow, the turmoil in Egypt, The Jersey Shore – we need this. With great groundhog impression power comes great groundhog impression responsibility. And, as usual, Sue did not disappoint:
And then Chuck was right again: you can find that on YouTube! Never change guys, never change.