Tom Corvin’s “Dear Dick”
I spent way too much time in the TV business, saw too much, and left in 2005 with too little of my soul. I’ve written some here about it, but probably not enough.
A friend of a friend recently published former Atlanta and Kansas City newsman Tom Corvin’s two-part open and unsent television news resignation letter. Here’s a piece of it.
But she wanted me to hold her, to let her cry, so I did. And I hated it. I hated all of it. Because it crossed the line. It turned the table. It made me taste their trauma, touch their souls. And that’s not what this is about, is it, Dick? It’s not about reality, right? It’s about distance, the surreal safety of space, the old switcheroo, the better-you-than-me saga, so we can all feel better about our shitty lives. So I apologize for cracking, for getting a little too close now and then. But the stories didn’t suffer. We always got the grieving. Even mine, sometimes.
It’s in two parts. Read them both. You won’t be disappointed. And thanks to Tom for writing it. It’s a lot of what I wanted to say and never did.