NBC is leaving out an important fact: Dave Garroway killed himself because they wouldn’t give him another job




Thank god that horrible TV studio crowd has finally left Burbank. Now we only need to get rid of Disney and Time Warner to completely cleanse ourselves of this corporate evil (the latter might just happen…)

NBC and MSNBC are currently running a celebratory commercial about the Today Show that highlights above all the sweet tones of founding host Dave Garroway. His words are all through it.

We’ll let Wikipedia finish our point:

In 1981, Garroway underwent open-heart surgery, a result of which he contracted a staph infection. On January 14, 1982, Today broadcast its 30th anniversary special, which featured all of the important living former and current staff members. Garroway, who had recently undergone rehab for an amphetamine addiction, appeared to be cheerful and in good spirits during the show. He also gave every indication that he would be present for the show’s 35th anniversary in 1987.

A few months later however, Garroway began suffering complications from the infection he’d picked up during surgery. He spent some weeks in and out of hospitals and had an in-home nurse tending to him. On July 21, he was found dead of a self-inflicted shotgun wound at his Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, home. There was no suicide note and Garroway’s nurse did not recall him being unusually depressed in the final day of his life.[6][8][29] Garroway’s son Michael said that his father had been experiencing complications from his heart operation and he had “unfortunately succumbed to the traumatic effects of his illness.” In addition, he was extremely depressed at his inability to resurrect a TV career, saying to friends and family “I’m old hat, old news. Nobody wants old Dave anymore.”[68] His family held a private graveside service for him in Philadelphia on July 28.[69] Garroway is buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.


It’s the first thing we thought when we heard his voice. They’ll kill you for being alive, and then still try to eat you up when you’re dead.




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One response to “NBC is leaving out an important fact: Dave Garroway killed himself because they wouldn’t give him another job

  1. I just saw Mr. Garroway on What’s My Line? broadcast on youtube.com. A comment said his wife committed suicide the year before the broadcast. Mr. Garroway’s New York Times obituary is written by Sally Bedell, the same “writer” who authored a book about Tony Bradlee’s sister, Mary Pinchot, murdered in Georgetown in 1964.

    I just don’t think people with access to guns are going to choose the rifle over the pistol in self-inflicting a fatal gunshot wound. I also think you have to get really drunk to talk yourself into shooting yourself, and then you have to have the athletic ability to effectively manage the gun as you are killing yourself.

    What do you mean, “They’ll kill you for being alive and then still try to eat you up…” mean? Does that refer to character assassination after physical assassination? Into the admiring mainstream narrative toward JFK’s memory was poured the toxic sludge of defamation, which his survivors could not have enjoyed, and which depressed some Americans who saw him as a hero worth remembering in a positive light.

    Being as the winners write history, how does one provide for humanity’s future in a righteous fashion? How can we benefit from the struggles of our historical counterparts?

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