Tim Russert and Father John Strum SJ

Tim Russert, host and moderator of "Meet ...

Tim Russert, host and moderator of “Meet the Press” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d always liked Tim Russert, but reading his book about his father, I see Tim Russert as even more of a role model for people.  In the book, I enjoyed the stories about Jesuit Priest John Sturm the Prefect of Discipline at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York.

OK, I am Jewish, but my wife Elaine is Irish Catholic as Tim Russert was.  I asked her  how Jesuits were thought of.  She responded by saying, “They are the elite of Catholic priests and I wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Well, you wouldn’t want to mess with Father Sturm.  He could take care of himself and deal with miscreants who wanted to make trouble.  He made it clear connections were not going to help you.  You were going to have to work hard.  (One kid who would not get a haircut, found out the hard way).

Kids who had been top dog throughout their school careers were now just one dog in a giant kennel.  You didn’t get away with anything.  Late because you said the Delaware Avenue bus was stuck because the drawbridge at National Steel was raised?  Wrong!  Father Sturm already called the plant.

Thought there was too much snow and you were going to spend the day in the downtown luncheonette Messina’s?  Nice try, though you have to admire the kid, who jumped the counter and put on an apron.  And Tim Russert’s dad, Big Russ wasn’t going to be very sympathetic.

Wanted to get into the burlesque show?  Well carrying your schoolbags doesn’t help, but it hits home even more, when the ticket taker asks, “Does Father Sturm know you’re here?”  The dog ate my homework, wouldn’t have even been on the radar.

This is not to take anything away from Tim Russert.  He already had certain things instilled him him before Father Sturm took charge.  As Father Sturm said to him, “Russert, God grants mercy, I give discipline.”

See this website from Father Sturm speaking about Tim Russert.  http://www.jesuitvocation.org/jesuits/ministry/reflection_sturm_john.shtml


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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