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 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.
Jack Germond, one of the nation's great political reporters, died this morning. He loved scoops, pols, horses, food & drink--and Alice. RIP.
— Susan Page (@SusanPage) August 14, 2013
RIP Jack Germond. Fat Man in a Middle Seat = greatest memoir title ever. Him holding forth on his stool at the Wayfarer bar = unforgettable.
— John Heilemann (@jheil) August 14, 2013
RIP Jack Germond - died today at 85. hurricane of a political reporter, bear of a man, always a twinkle in his eye
— Judy Woodruff (@JudyWoodruff) August 14, 2013
Jack Germond has died. Great, tough-minded reporter who knew politics and pols in every state RIP. One of the very best. RIP.
— Dan Balz (@danbalz) August 14, 2013