As CBS News colleague Steve Croft said, Bob Simon used to say he was a Jewish kid from the Bronx. Bob didn't tell you that he was also Phi Beta Kappa, had been a Fulbright scholar, or that he went on to become television's quintessential foreign correspondent.
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to briefly meet my Tocayo, Bob Simon and I even got to sign the huge welcome home card CBS News gave him, Peter Bluff, Juan Caldera and Roberto Alvarez after they were all released, following 40 days inside a prison in Iraq. Bob was truly a journalism jewel.
CBS may fill Bob Simon's position, but CBS will never ever be able to fill his void. Bob was truly a journalism jeweler. Take a look and see if you agree.
Remembering Bob Simon http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-bob-simon-tribute
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Thank you, Bob http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thank-you-bob via @cbsnews