Irving R. Levine

It was then and remains still one of the most distinctive sign-offs in broadcast journalism: "Irving R. Levine, NBC News." That was the signature of my colleague and friend, who was as precise in his reporting and in his personal style as the neat knot on his trademark bow tie. He seldom removed his suit jacket, and he always slipped on white cotton gloves when reading a newspaper so the ink wouldn't stain his hands.

When news of his death on March 27 at the age of 86 was announced by his family, it was accompanied by a stylish and anecdotal...

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