We just want to add our voice — and condolences — to the many things being written about the passing of Steve Irwin today. We lost count of how many hours of his show we watched, glued like to many others to “Croc Week” and the other 51 weeks as well. (In fact, sharp-eyed blog readers will notice that we have frequently invoked his famous, “Crikey!”) Much will be written about his last news splash — the apparent carelessness with his new baby around the crocodiles with whom he kept company. But we will put that in the proper context of a life spent in the enthusiastic hunt for thrill and adventure and — more importantly — bringing all that home to those of us afraid of spiders (much less crocodiles), happy to be on the couch, watching from afar.
It is ironic that he should leave this earth on the day when Americans celebrate Labor Day. Here was a guy who embodied the spirit of the day: He not only had a great work ethic, but he had boundless enthusiasm for the work he did. For those of us who push words or numbers or policy, it is hard to maintain the same adrenaline levels. But Steve Irwin was a guy whose boundless love for his job was quite truly infectious. No one who watched his show even a single time was ever in doubt about that.
“Too fast to live,” sang the Eagles of James Dean, “Too young to die.” the same can be said of Steve Irwin. The world will be a quieter, far less interesting place without him.
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