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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jon Stewart and Tracey McShane

Jon Stewart and Tracey McShane


In order to maintain a balanced point of view in today's volatile political climate, I relied on two major news sources; the thoughtful :) conservative pieces presented by Steven Colbert, and the more comfortable (to me) liberal point of view presented by Jon Stewart in The Daily Show.

Despite the fact that Jon Stewart readily recognizes his show is meant to be satire and comedy, The Daily Show has received 16 Emmy awards, and has been nominated for various news and journalism awards.  His intelligence and wit, along with his passion for truth results in "fake news" which often is presented with more authenticity than the "news" found on major networks.

Jon Stewart was born Jonathan Stewart Leibowitz. He was raised in New York City, mostly by a mother, who any fan of The Daily Show knows, is revered by Stewart for her commitment to teaching and education.

After Graduating from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Stewart moved to New York City to try his hand in the comedy club circuit.During this time he began using Jon Stewart as his stage name.

In 1999 Comedy central launched The Daily Show, and the rest is news history.

In 2000 Jon Stewart married Tracey McShane, his girlfriend of four years. The two met on a blind date arranged by a friend of Stewarts who had been a production assistant on a former Stewart film.

I love the way Jon Stewart proposed!

Working with Will Shortz, the crossword editor at the New York Times, Stewart created a personalized crossword puzzle that, clue by clue, popped the question.

Jon and Tracey live in New York City with their son, daughter, cat, and two dogs.

When Jon Stewart announced this week that he would be leaving The Daily Show, one of the explanations that he offered was that he wanted a chance to actually have dinner with his family "on a school night". He had heard from many people that his family was a lovely one.

I will miss Jon Stewart's nightly "news" as much as I've been missing the Colbert Report, but I wish him, Tracey, and their lovely family all the best in the future.