As I heard Larry tell the world of his decision to resign from CNN's Larry King Live, I felt a sudden rush of disappointment and sadness. I don't watch his nightly television program religiously, nor am I a huge fan of Larry King, but when I heard the news that Larry will no longer be the host of Larry King Live, I immediately asked myself, how many idols and great leaders will be lose in this generation?
From Michael Jackson to Walter Cronkite, in the summer of 2009, we lost many great leaders and innovators. Although we have not lost Larry in the same way as the others, his resignation is a sign of another great idol stepping down from the lime-lights and quietly retreating back to time with his family (which is a controversial topic on its own). According to rumors, CNN is currently looking for a replacement, but no one will be able to compare to the work that Larry has put in.
Larry King, born as Lawrence Harvey Zeiger bussed to Miami in search of a career in broadcasting. Larry changed his last name to King, after his manager told him that his last name, Zeiger, was too difficult for people to remember. Throughout Larry's career in broadcasting, he won the Peabody Award, 10 CableACE Awards, the Golden Mike Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and Broadcasters' Hall of Fame. As if these awards and achievements weren't enough, Larry King was the first to receive Arizona State University's Hugh Downs Award for Communication Excellence.
Fame did not affect King's participation in many charitable organizations. Due to a personal battle with heart disease, King established the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
As we sadly watch Larry King hang up his nightly suspenders, the world waits to see who will be the next host of a Guinness record holding prime time television show.
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