A testimonial on behalf of Vice President Joe Biden arrived from Marietta this afternoon – a little late for last week’s debate, but well-written and compelling.
It wasn’t until I got to the bottom of the note that I realized that, after more than four decades, I’d finally received my own letter from Mr. Pix. In the ‘60s, he hosted the local children’s show for WAGA-TV. He drew pictures – hence the name.
Dave Michaels would go on to anchor the news at WXIA, then finished his career as a pioneer on CNN. Michaels is now 78 and mostly retired. Here’s his letter:
On the afternoon before the ’92 Super Bowl my son Michael suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage – what was called an AVM – while working out at a local health spa. He was 27 years old. That night he went through six hours of brain surgery. He was in a coma for weeks following that surgery.
I was working at CNN at the time and had to take weeks off.
As you can imagine, my wife, daughter and I spent most of our time living at the Hospital and spelling each other for nap time at home.
Everyone we knew from personal friends to producers and news writers from work filled the Intensive Care Waiting Room at Northside Hospital daily.
I arrived home one time and saw Senator Biden on C-SPAN, introducing a bill to the Senate. He was in total command of all the facts and obviously ad-libbing.
I knew he had also gone through neurosurgery and called his office to ask how long it took the Senator to get back to a normal life after that surgery. An aide gave me some information about the Senator’s experience. The next day Joe Biden’s personal aide called me and filled me in with far more information.
A few days later Joe Biden himself called me. That was the start of a long series of calls and letters. He wrote my son and invited him to have lunch at the U.S. Senate. In that two-page letter, Senator Biden offered Michael incredible support.
He offered that same support to my wife and me.
Senator Biden lost his wife and daughter to a car accident early on, and he told me every time he hears an ambulance siren he says a few Hail Marys. I now do the same.
We know Joe Biden as a deeply caring human being. The support he gave this family is an amazing story. He helped and guided us through the worst period of our lives.
It is good for this country to have such a caring and dedicated human being as Joe Biden only a heart beat away from the Presidency.
I wonder where Officer Don is on this.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider