Commentary: Remembering Larry Himmel - NBC 7 San Diego

Commentary: Remembering Larry Himmel

"I feel the world is a poorer place now that Larry has left us"

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    Larry Himmel in an official KFMB-TV portrait.

    I’m blessed to have been counted among Larry’s closest friends since we began work at Channel 8 the same week in 1979.

    We were down-the-street neighbors for four years in the 80s, and he was best man at my wedding in 1986.

    Larry came to San Diego as a hipster radio deejay ("The Cruiser") and standup comic, and quickly evolved into an amazing five-tool player in broadcast journalism -- reporting news, sports, weather, entertainment stories, and producing his own daily variety show "Himmel at Large."

    Distinguished as he was in his career, he was a prince of a human being – a tireless charity volunteer and fundraiser, an uncommon man with a common touch that resonated on the streets and wherever quickly people recognized him (which was virtually anywhere).

    Pardon my personal bias, but I feel the world is a poorer place now that Larry has left us, wanting for the kind of wit and wisdom that came so easily to him, and a bit darker without the bright light of his magnetic personality.

    Peace be with you, my dear friend.

    Gino