We never got to meet or know Jack Germond but he was a pioneer in just the sort of political and campaign reporting we practice and love.

Jack Germond, at work.

In reading around the web about Jack today, we came across a handful of amazing quotes/tweets that tell the story of his life.  We thought we would share a few of our favorites.

* "Jack died from the consequences of a life well-lived." -- Alice Germond.

* "He was not simply drawn to journalism as a profession; like Hildy Johnson in [The] Front Page, he was addicted to it as a way of life." -- Tim Crouse, "The Boys on the Bus".

* "Before politics was fed into computers and moveable maps came out, Jack Germond had it all in his head." -- Former Associated Press reporter Walter Mears.