Today, we lay to rest one of New York’s icons, Ed Koch. I was just a kid when he was mayor, but of all the leaders we’ve had over the years, he is one that always stuck out. I remember it was a treat when I could stay up late to watch him on Saturday Night Live, and his famous tag line “How’m I doing?!” is legendary. Sen. Charles Schumer says Ed Koch lived and breathed New York City with “every atom in his body.” NYC was going through tough times during his tenure, and he helped bring the Big Apple back from near ruins. Crime and graffiti were commonplace, and with his brash and brutal style, he battled to bring about one of the greatest comebacks in history. Not everyone liked him, but everyone appreciated his passion. His work ethic has inspired me, and he’ll be missed.
As we approach WPPI, we’re planning our classes and looking forward to meeting some of the people who inspire us. I think it’s important to find those whose messages resonate within us, but also important to carve our own paths. Although I thought Koch’s bullish style often got him in more trouble than it may have been worth, I can emulate the passion he brought to his job. Rest in peace Mr. Koch, thank you for all you’ve done!
I’m sure I’m not the only one planning on picking up one of his books soon –