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

By 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?

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Has the Peter Leonard thing, perhaps, been slightly over done?
johnboy 12:02 pm 30 Sep 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

And God dammit, I fell for it again. Polarising gutter journalism from JB = page hits for the RA as everybody piles on board to have their say = JB wins.

Yes WMC, everything you personally disagree with is “gutter journalism”.

And obviously in your world there’s no place for questioning collective hysterias, because they’re never bad.

AngryHenry 12:01 pm 30 Sep 08

No WE haven’t, MAYBE the media has, but the Canberra media is a small community and Peter was around it for a long, long time.

He was a top bloke and I think it’s great that an up and coming potential journalist will benefit from a scholarship.

I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with him on several occaisions and he was a really geat guy, in fact ‘perfect gentleman’ sums him up very well.

Danman, the only reason it’s making you feel like someone is trying to say that any death you have encountered was not as traumatic or tragic and does not deserve note is because you let it. Not everything that happens in society needs to be tied back directly to the individual.

JB – I appreciate the need for content and sparking public debate and sure the media do tend to beat this stuff up but I think that for a man like Peter Leonard it’s recognition deserved, he was a good bloke who did a lot more in the community than just read an autocue.

I think you’ve sold him way too short maybe to counter-balance all of the positive media around him and I don’t really think that it’s fair. Just because the devil’s advocate is there to be played, doesn’t mean you need to pick up the ball every time.

Deadmandrinking 11:54 am 30 Sep 08

He died. It’s sad. I wish his family well. I respect what he did.

Now f-k off!

johnboy 11:54 am 30 Sep 08

Well we’re all Canberran of the Year if we were here during the 2003 bushfires, although that makes Leonard a dual canberran of the year perhaps?

Nice guys who had time to talk to anyone and everyone pass away every single day.

What on earth is the community benefit of a journalism scholarship?

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:53 am 30 Sep 08

And God dammit, I fell for it again. Polarising gutter journalism from JB = page hits for the RA as everybody piles on board to have their say = JB wins.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:51 am 30 Sep 08

If being a part of people’s daily lives for 45 years in multiple media and being a former Canberran of the Year as well as being a top bloke overall isn’t enough for people to make bit of a big deal about it when you die, what is?

johnboy 11:51 am 30 Sep 08

Fiona said :

*wonders what the mourning of jb will be like when the time comes*

Well that’s one thing which won’t be my problem.

peterh 11:51 am 30 Sep 08

if there is a journalism scholarship in memory of a really nice man who always took the time to chat to absolutely everyone, I am all for it.

I just hope the recipients appreciate it.

No, it isn’t going too far. He was a member of the community who was respected and well known. if his memorial is of benefit to the community, not just a statue or plaque, it is money well spent.

la mente torbida 11:49 am 30 Sep 08

Barrel, bottom, scrape

Danman 11:42 am 30 Sep 08

Sure trivialises the death of everyone else huh ?

No matter your standing in the community (Or lack thereof) grief is universal and I guarantee that at every occasion of death, someone is feeling the loss of one of the most important people in the world.

To have such fanfare over any death, as tragic as it is, makes me feel like someone is trying to say that any death I have encountered was not as traumatic or tragic and does not deserve note.

tylersmayhem 11:42 am 30 Sep 08

I’d suggest that all the positive comments came from people like myself, who had the opportunity to meet him personally on more than one occasion. He truly was a gentleman from all accounts, and yes, a loss in the land of local newsreaders who seem to bare no real quality (IMO).

I wonder if this comment would be applied by JB at someones wake. “Yeah, Bob was a really great guy, but it’s a bit over the top with all the nice comments isn’t it”?! I’d duck for the flying glass or fist on that one.

I think the point is that we came together as a community becuase many of us grew up with Peter’s face and voice on TV, and has been delivering the important local news for years. Indeed, many of us feel like we know him well after all this time. Without the opportunity to attend the service (quite rightly requested by the family), we all deserve the right to put up our posts honoring a good bloke who we’ve “known” for years.

In fact, I’m still trying to work out the motivation for this post actually?

Crikey 11:37 am 30 Sep 08

I am sure Jon Stanhope wouldn’t have done as much if it weren’t for an election.

Deadmandrinking 11:36 am 30 Sep 08

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Brad 11:31 am 30 Sep 08

Lucky you don’t live in LA. They’re changing the name to Paul Newman World over there.

Fiona 11:31 am 30 Sep 08

*wonders what the mourning of jb will be like when the time comes*

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