May 5, 2006
Louis Rukeyser, Television Host, Dies at 73
From the NYT:
Louis Rukeyser, the exquisitely tailored and pun-loving television host who helped millions of Americans believe that they could get rich in the stock market, or at least begin to understand it, died yesterday at his home in Greenwich, Conn. He was 73.
He died of multiple myeloma, said his brother Bud Rukeyser.
When "Wall Street Week" was broadcast for the first time on Nov. 20, 1970, probably nobody, not even the always self-assured Mr. Rukeyser, dreamed that the show would run for 32 years while attracting the biggest audience on public television and making its host a celebrity in the improbable field of light-hearted, free-market-oriented financial commentary. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was then languishing, and the population of American mutual funds numbered a scant 323.
On a personal note, this belloger enjoyed Wall Street Week on the PBS. He had the worst puns, but Louis trusted his regulars on roundtable discussions and his guests to be truthful with his viewers. He will be missed.