I’ve known Mort for more than fifty years . . . or thought I did; but oh what a rambunctious, emotional, ethical and intellectual food fight has been going on behind that buttoned-down façade. While he has spent a professional lifetime focusing on the most interesting people in a fascinating world, he’s done an extraordinary job of concealing one of the most interesting stories of all – his own. Until now. Read on !
—TED KOPPEL, FORMER ANCHOR, ABC NIGHTLINE
In an era where speculation passes for news, thank you for always telling the truth. You left your mark not only in front of the camera, but throughout the community with your tireless efforts to make where we live a better place to be. Thanks for everything, Mort. You were Detroit’s answer to Walter Cronkite.
The local TV anchor is an American institution. Families like ours find their favorite and stick with him or her for decades. Finally, we get to read the life and spirit of Mort Crim, who the Matthews family regularly and loyally invited into our house back in Philadelphia. For those who enjoyed the satire of “Anchorman” and the reality TV of “The Apprentice,” Crim’s new book gives us the real-life drama off camera.
—CHRIS MATTHEWS, NBC NEWS
Mort Crim’s memoir is far more than a look back at his legendary career and the inspiring story of the personal journey which led him there, although it is surely that. It is also an antidote for the current attacks on the media which engender such cynicism and endanger one of the pillars of our democracy. It is a reminder of how voices in the media like Mort’s, with a passion for the facts, can triumph over the voices of discord. It will leave us with a dose of optimism that the power of fact-based reporting will triumph over the centrifugal impacts of the social media.
—CARL LEVIN, U.S. SENATOR, MICHIGAN (RET.)
As fascinating as Mort’s professional memoir is, we were gripped by this greater story: the story of a love that would not let (him) go, as this larger- than-life memoir becomes the journey of a man in pursuit of his faith. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say a faith in pursuit of this man.
—BILL & GLORIA GAITHER
For those who believe that the unexamined life is not worth living, Mort Crim’s story will strike a responsive chord. His honesty about his life and personal struggles is a breath of fresh air in a society wherein so many of us pretend to believe what we really question and pretend to be what we’re not. This book is not only entertaining reading but is a challenge to take a good look at life’s journey and what gives it meaning.
—TONY CAMPOLO, PHD, PROFESSOR EMERITIUS, EASTERN UNIVERSITY
Mort Crim’s memoir is a remarkable broadcaster’s journey, told with heartfelt honesty and humor. Mort tells it like it was: radio, TV, his Second Thoughts series and much more. It’s a great trip through a won- derful career.
—BILL DIEHL, ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS RADIO
Mort Crim is one of the pioneers and legends of local broadcasting. His style, wit, tenaciousness, and . . . I’m sorry. I have no idea who Mort Crim is. Umm, but I’m sure he’s written a hell of a book that will hopefully go on to sell over 10,000 copies. Is that a lot? Cuz I don’t know publishing.
Mort Crim was a towering inspiration as I considered a career in broad- cast journalism. He was the quintessential anchorman – clear, concise, engaging – always in command of the facts, and always trusted. His was an era when facts were not disputed and journalism was at its apex. His story offers a reminder of how essential it is for all of us to rely on honest brokers of information. We sure could use more like him.
—MILES O’BRIEN, NATIONAL SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT, PBS NEWS HOUR
Mort’s memoir fascinates, mesmerizes and, most importantly, inspires us to learn and search ourselves for our personal truths.
—DAVID HARTMAN, FORMER HOST, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC
“Mort’s essays are like the voice of an old friend; kind, steady, encouraging… Gentle wisdom from an instant ally”.
– Diane Sawyer, ABC-TV
“Mort, a sincere thank-you for being part of our 59th annual Conference & Expo… Our members rated you as a favorite. Thank you for sharing your talents with us”.
– Debra McGuire, Michigan Townships Association
“Mort, Thank you for coming to speak to MTA. They were very pleased. It always helps our relationship with our client when the speaker does an outstanding job”.
– David Pace, Business Speakers Bureau and Entertainment
“Mort communicates life’s basic lesson with candor, creativity, and humor. You can’t help but smile and nod your head in agreement.”
– Floyd Hall, Chairman and CEO, Kmart Corporation
Mort Crim subbing for Paul Harvey
“Wise perspective on a world that badly needs it.”
– Robert Eaton, Former Chairman, DaimlerChrysler
“You are an encourager to an enormous audience, including Paul Harvey.”
– Paul Harvey, National Radio Broadcaster
“He believes there’s such a thing as the power of positive thought and if we make the effort to exercise that part of our brain, we can change ourselves and others. Maybe even the world we live in.”
– Jeff Daniels, Actor
“I rejoice with you in your continued success.”
– Ted Koppel, ABC-TV
“clearly an inspiration… your homily reinforced the importance and the satisfaction of finding those stories that sit unexamined behind the day’s headlines, yet which define the day’s meaning.”
– Michael K. Morrison, Vice President, Corporate Communications, DaimlerChrysler
“…masterfully delivered! I’m proud to be in your fan club.”
– John W. Cruickshank, President, Million Dollar Roundtable
“…[the] passion is not only apparent, but contagious.”
– Michael Medved, Sr. Vice President, VSI Inc.
“…best ever! You blew them away!”
– Wayne Cornils, EVP, Radio Advertising Bureau
“…extremely timely and relevant to our group- a Pick-us-all-up-a-bit- and-make-us-feel-good! message… You did an excellent job of connecting with our audience…
can’t wait to have you again!”
– James K. Davidson, President and CEO, Amadeus Global Travel Distribution L.L.C.
““…people listen because he makes so much sense. When he writes, it is just like he is talking to you.”
– Dr. Sonya Friedman, Psychologist, former CNN host