A Bus of My Own

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Synopsis: Whether the subject is a hilarious PBS NewsHour near-disaster or a personal crisis, Jim Lehrers life makes terrific copy. This memoir will have readers thinking, chortling, even getting misty-eyed, long after the final page has been turned.

From Kirkus Reviews: The co-anchor of The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and author of the One-Eyed Mack series looks back on his life so far, including his love of buses and his 1983 heart attack. This is the portrait of a hard-working, ethical, innocent, ambitious man who seems to have become one of America's preeminent journalists by dint of sheer earnestness. The book begins and ends with buses. Lehrer's father ran a Kansas mom-and-pop bus line that failed--and so Lehrer conceived a lifelong passion for bus memorabilia in all forms, and for buses like the Flxible Clipper, the Aerocoach, and the ACF-Brill--exotic mechanical beasts that plied the midwestern bus routes of the author's youth. He is deft with the small moments and habits of life: He chides a Marine drill instructor for mispronouncing his name; asks a Secret Service agent if they're going to put the bubble-top on Kennedy's limousine in Dallas; eats pastrami sandwiches with mayo; and gets a one-sentence lesson on interviewing politicians from Nelson Rockefeller: ``Look, fella, if people like you could get me to say things I didn't want to say, I wouldn't be here.'' For Newshour fans who always suspected that MacNeil and Lehrer dress that way on purpose, there's an explication of the ``skivvy shirt rule'': ``Nothing should be noticed or absorbed except the information....There is no such thing as a pretty slide, a zippy piece of music, a trendy shirt, a dynamic set, a tough question, or anything else, if it deflects even a blink of attention from the information.'' Lehrer, we learn, was turned on to journalism by a Runyonesque Texas newsman named ``Sticks'' Strahala, and he himself seems to have kept a boyish, wide-eyed cub-reporter enthusiasm intact in the corridors of power. Sometimes hokey, but down to earth, genuinely affecting, and immensely likable. (Eight pages of b&w photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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