Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?

johnboy 30 September 2008 141

I was as saddened as anyone to hear of the death of former newsreader Peter Leonard at a relatively young age of 66.

I never had any reason to bear him any ill will. He read the news from the teleprompter perfectly competently with an entirely appropriate degree of gravitas and the odd hint of humour.

If recent reportage is to be believed he also did a fair line in walking on water and healing the sick with the laying on of hands.

And the phrase “perfect gentleman” has now been so over-used about him that I’m starting to wonder if it’s some sort of code, and if it is what does it mean?

The ABC reports that on top of flags at half mast yesterday the ACT Government (that is all of us) will pay for a new journalism scholarship at the University of Canberra in his memory.

Without wishing in any way to diminish the legacy of Peter Leonard; have we perhaps gone a little too far with all this?

Public mourning for Peter Leonard

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tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:38 pm 02 Oct 08

Ouch, that hurt!

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to suck it up, open a can of Harden-up and get on with it *sniff*

Would you like my list of who I suspect have been involved in a recent “circle-jerk”.
(And yes, I agree with AH that it’s a disgusting term).

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 11:55 am 02 Oct 08

Mainly Potts, WMC, AH and you a bit, to be honest mate. The fact that you made this out to be some kind of scam to gain hits when it has (mostly) generated real debate about how best to pay respect to the deceased was a bit of a douche move.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 11:53 am 02 Oct 08

More obvious stuff???

Cameron Cameron 11:48 am 02 Oct 08

sepi said :

I’m wondering what someone would have to do to qualify for a state funeral these days?

Certainly something more than charity work. There’d be state funerals every day.

Peter Leonard was a lovely guy, known for mentoring young talent (in a fickle industry where jealousy often means the opposite), charity work, a lifetime of working in the public eye in the Canberra region.

What more do you guys want to justify some public recogition?

He got his public recognition. The question was whether it was overdone. By way of comparison we spoke about people who contribute more to the community than PL did through charity work and support, yet receive little to no recognition simply because of a lower profile.

And I’m sure Stasia Dobrovsky (?) (soup lady) will be fully recognised. She has already had several awards and may have been Canberran of the year as well. Rob De Costella is another prominent Canberran, Garry Humphries, and now I am struggling to think of anyone much else. People need a few heroes to build a culture of belonging to a city.

There are plenty of heroes in Canberra. Media recognition (or lack thereof) does not define them.

I’m happy to have Peter Leonard as one of ours.

Fair enough.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 11:42 am 02 Oct 08

AngryHenry said :

Deadmandrinking said :

Honestly mate, if you stood in front of me and spoke to me in that way I would sit you on your arse or get mine kicked trying.

You know, if we walked past each other in the street, we would either bump into each other and apologize, or keep walking in the same direction.

You know, if we both caught a bus, we would sit down on the seats, or have to stand if there were people sitting down.

You know, if we were in a pub, we would be drinking beer, or spirits.

I have more obvious stuff to tell you if needs be. Douche-bag.

sepi sepi 11:42 am 02 Oct 08

I’m wondering what someone would have to do to qualify for a state funeral these days?

Charity work doesn’t cut it. Military/Police stuff or amazing heart surgery/nursing etc would be ‘just doing their job’, so what does that leave??

Noone is that amazing at the end of the day.

Peter Leonard was a lovely guy, known for mentoring young talent (in a fickle industry where jealousy often means the opposite), charity work, a lifetime of working in the public eye in the Canberra region.

What more do you guys want to justify some public recogition?

And I’m sure Stasia Dobrovsky (?) (soup lady) will be fully recognised. She has already had several awards and may have been Canberran of the year as well. Rob De Costella is another prominent Canberran, Garry Humphries, and now I am struggling to think of anyone much else. People need a few heroes to build a culture of belonging to a city.
I’m happy to have Peter Leonard as one of ours.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 11:39 am 02 Oct 08

Cameron said :

It certainly seems you are.

I’m tough all over baby, but in the centre I’m all soft and gooey…

I’m so f*cking over this thread, I’m off to defend some emos.

Cameron Cameron 11:33 am 02 Oct 08

It certainly seems you are.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 11:32 am 02 Oct 08

Deadmandrinking said :

I stand by everything I said.

Then who are you calling douchebag, DOUCHEBAG???

Honestly mate, if you stood in front of me and spoke to me in that way I would sit you on your arse or get mine kicked trying.

We’re all pretty tough from the safety of our homes/offices bhind our keyboards aren’t we?

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 9:38 am 02 Oct 08

I stand by everything I said.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:14 am 02 Oct 08

Interesting thread. I think JB asked a fair question and didn’t run down Peter Leonard in any way. Personally, think all the media coverage is driven by media personalities that want to create an atmosphere where they are similarly revered once their time comes to shuffle off the mortal coil.

I’m sure Peter was a nice bloke but DMD is right, Leonard was simply paid to do a job and he did it very well. His profile also allowed him to spend time working with various charities which was great. How much media time will be given though to other people who spend even more time working with charities? When that wonderful little old lady who runs the soup kitchen in town finally goes, what do you think she’ll get in term of remembrance?

While she deserves at least a statue in her honour while she’s still alive, I’d be surprised if news of her (hopefully long into the future) demise willr ate any more than the third of fourth story in the evening news (behind the latest story about Raiders misbehavior of some Hollywood celebrity divorce) and an obit in the CT.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 12:43 am 02 Oct 08

I will rarely defend JB, but it seems the season (and the hour for ranting).

Grahame Potts and all the rest of you, you are frickin douchebags. I’m not a major fan of JB, in fact, I think he can be a prick sometimes too. But he does have a real job, with a website that he needs to generate hits on to buy his coffee. It’s the way this lovely capitalist system that’s about to crash into the ground works. You need people to SEE your stuff and you need people to TALK ABOUT you stuff. He’s not exactly running sweat-shops to do his thing either.

JB’s a lucky guy, he gets to be his own boss, he gets to choose where he can work. Hell, I want that, but I don’t have the tech-savvy or the journo skills to pull off what JB’s doing. I’m damn sure it’s better than putting on a suit and worrying about which level of public c-ck your sucking for the rest of your life. The way you guys seem to lay into him for daring to run a site where you can lay into him makes you sound jealous, and you are never going to win a heated debate if you sound jealous of your opponent.

Lay into him over Peter Leonard, but lay into him about the fact you think Peter Leonard’s corpse needs to be embalmed and paraded through the city walk rather than simply being allowed to rest in peace.

And…seriously dude, charity work aside, all Peter did was read from a auto-cue-thingie and look smart for the camera. At least JB puts a lot of his own material up. Not saying Pete wasn’t a good bloke, but seriously, seriously don’t start awarding him posthumous wakelys.

Granny Granny 10:23 pm 01 Oct 08

… with all your imaginary friends.

Cameron Cameron 10:20 pm 01 Oct 08

Thanks for your “imput” potts. Good luck with your alternative venture. At least it means you’ll be more worried about posting there than here.

Granny Granny 8:51 pm 01 Oct 08

You can’t understand the English language, but we are the ‘stunted cretins with double digit IQs’?

“For what it’s worth if WMC had any idea about the economics of web publishing he might know that the extra clicks brought to his petulant tantrum might, with $3.50, buy me a coffee.”

Duh ….

Boy, I say, boy! You’d better get yerself a real job, boy, or I’ll whoop yer good, y’understand, boy? Y’hear me, boy? I’ll string yer six feet high ‘n’ whoop yer no good ass, boy!

AngryHenry AngryHenry 8:22 pm 01 Oct 08

I think we’re done then…

Man, I need a cigarette.

Cameron Cameron 6:22 pm 01 Oct 08

Fair enough. For mine, it takes away from your argument when it becomes more about the fact that you disagree than why.

Anyway, we’re now even further off the point – and I certainly take my share of responsibility for that.

My position on this topic (and the fact that the topic exists) is clear.

AngryHenry AngryHenry 5:42 pm 01 Oct 08

Cameron said :

AH, I would think that anyone who considers themselves an adult would be able to behave as such, irrespective of whether anyone else is or not.

Look man I consider myself just as much an adult as anyone else on here.

If I see what I consider bullsh*t then I’m not gonna mince around. I call it bullsh*t, as is my right to do so.

Maybe you should have a go at moderating???

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 5:19 pm 01 Oct 08

I love it when WMC changes the point of attack completely.

This from the guy who started out talking about a collective ‘we’ overdoing things, then hitting out at the ‘local media’, then finally revealing his true paranoia-fueled political agenda? I suppose we should expect nothing less from a guy with a history of getting hysterical about non-existent hysteria and who drags a dead man through the mud so he can accuse somebody else of dragging a dead man through the mud.

The only sorry you’ll get from me is “HACK! Hackhackhack. Sorry, there’s something stuck in my throat”.

Cameron Cameron 5:04 pm 01 Oct 08

AH, I would think that anyone who considers themselves an adult would be able to behave as such, irrespective of whether anyone else is or not.

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