Monday, February 4, 2013

His Honor

The city he loved says goodbye to Ed Koch today. 



Even when you didn't agree with him you couldn't help but love, respect, admire his enthusiasm and his passion for everything NY.

I loved his self-deprecating sense of humor ...


If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist

He once told Archbishop whatever his name was ...

I’m the Jew in the front pew


He was tough and incredibly confident ...

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag.


And he always knew who he was ...

It's not soaring, beautiful, handsome, like the George Washington or the Verrazano. It's rugged, it's hard working – and that's me.
On the 59th Street Bridge being renamed for him in 2011.

I'll never forget the PSA he did where he stood at the entrance to his bridge waving to motorists and shouting  Welcome to my bridge



Peaceful Journey Ed
You did great






22 comments:

Happy Elf Mom said...

What a sweet tribute!

Sylvia K said...

A great tribute and to a man I had a lot of respect for!! Wishing you and Hope a great week ahead! Have fun and find reasons to laugh!

LL Cool Joe said...

A sweet tribute to a man I don't know! Sounds like he was a fun guy.

LL Cool Joe said...

A sweet tribute to a man I don't know! Sounds like he was a fun guy.

LL Cool Joe said...

Oops it was so good I thought I'd say it twice. ;D

Jay Simser said...

I love the last picture you posted. His goodness shows through. A man who did not always take himself seriously and yet was able to do serious things for NYC and the world. Thanks for your post and give Hope a hug.

Ron said...

What an AWESOME tribute to Ed, Dianne!

"Even when you didn't agree with him you couldn't help but love, respect, admire his enthusiasm and his passion for everything NY."

You said it!

Koch was in office when I lived in New York. Loved him!!

Peaceful journey, Ed! You did great!

X to you and the gang!

P.S. love the photo of Koch in the subway because that's what the subways looked liked when I lived there. Graffiti!


OldLady Of The Hills said...

A lovely tribute, my dear. I resd somewhere; where they said that Koch was the most colorful
Mayor since La Guardia....So True!

Mike said...

I takes a big personality to be Mayor of NYC.

Mike said...

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Jeff B said...

We could use more like him.

Nice post my dear!

HermanTurnip said...

Koch was one of those rare politicians who transcended his role. He was a character. He spoke to the people. He was all heart and soul, and actually took his job seriously enough to ask for opinions from people on the street. With him gone a small part of New York died. RIP, mayor Koch. You will be missed!

Linda Reeder said...

Great tribute to a man we only read about here on the other coast.
59th Steet Bridge Song: "Lookin' for fun and feeling groovy!"

Granny Annie said...

This was very nicely done.

DJan said...

Thanks for the great tribute to a real character. He was larger than life for many people, but just like all of us, he had to pass over the bridge to the other side. :-)

Akelamalu said...

Sounds like a very interesting man.

Daryl said...

i was deeply saddened when i learned he had passed .. and that he said the night before that he 'was tired' choked me up .. thats what my dad said before he went to take the nap he never woke from

caregiver/Gin said...

Delightful post on a man who said what he meant and meant it. Not just a politician. Living not far from Albany, I do have to agree with him on one of his most regretable comments, there is no good chinese restaurant here. And he added living in Albany is a fate worse than death. I guess it ws a good thing he was not elected governor and had to move there. It's not so bad there.

Hilary said...

It's quite possible that I missed it but I was surprised that there was no mention of his passing by Letterman. I knew without doubt though that you would have a lovely tribute to the man. You never disappoint.

Candace said...

That was a beautiful tribute!

nitebyrd said...

How'd he do?

He did great!

So did you! Fantastic post, Dianne - Thank you!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely tribute post; I knew he had a great reputation because even out on the far west coast in Oregon we had heard good things about him.