Louis Rukeyser, who died on Tuesday, is one of my first PBS memories, after the Muppets, Sesame Street's Maria (Sonia Manzano) and Mister Rogers. I can remember watching him with my dad on Friday nights. I'm not sure I learned anything about investing, but Wall Street Week's jingle, with the ticker tape percussion, remains a classic. The Big Picture reminds us of his opening monologues and tranquil interviewing style:
In this age of shout TV, it is almost impossible to imagine a gentleman like Louis Rukeyser even getting on the air, no less getting his own show. He took the time to interview guests at length, to delve deeply into different areas and investment styles. Everything he did appeared to be the result of deep thought and quiet contemplation. You suspected he worked on his opening monologue all week – and it showed.