I'm old enough that I can only vaguely remember the Huntley-Brinkley sign-off, so I missed seeing David Brinkley at the height of his popularity. I always enjoyed watching the presidential nominating convention coverage in the summers and Brinkley was the main reason. While he is acknowledged as a great writer for television, his ability on live TV to ad-lib and turn a phrase is and was unmatched. I can take all of the TV anchors I have ever seen, put them in a bag, and pull one out and it makes little difference which one I watch. They are all about the same. Except David Brinkley. He was one of a kind. What follows is a short, true story he told of life in Washington, D.C. in the 1930s. It comes from his 1988 book Washington Goes To War. It is one of my favorites. Good night, David.