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:
Sue Simmons has no shadow.
The first of a multi-part tribute to the first woman in local New York news:
Well, the good news is that clips from the 4th hour of Today are becoming a daily tradition. The bad news is that today they offered us a special episode, “Kathie Lee and Hoda’s Beach Party,” an ill-conceived attempt to warm us up in the midst of this deep, ceaseless freeze. Something we never ever wanted to hear? Hoda demanding that Kathie Lee “Get it off.”
Also, it’s one thing to have a drink or two during the show, but we think it’s totally unprofessional be wasted by 10am, before your show even starts.
(of course, those rules don’t apply to Sue, because a) her show does not tape before noon, and b) she can handle her liquor (usually).)
Kinda stretching the definition of “news,” aren’t you, ladies?
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.
Listen up, subway platform poster vandals. We have no problem with you scrawling your signature “mustache” mustache on Betty White or Angelina Jolie or that girl from Heavy. But you do not, DO NOT, touch Sue Simmons. The woman is a city treasure and should be treated as such.
Speaking of Sue! It just happens to be the biggest Sue Simmons day of the year! Groundhog Day! Which means that it’s time for her famous groundhog impression! We’ll keep an eye out for her 2011 version, but, for now, here’s last year’s:
Brava, Sue. Brava.