Milestones: Nov. 7, 1983

Tragic Sign-Off for a Golden Girl

Jessica Savitch: 1947-1983

Near its end, her life seemed to carry a storybook warning: ambition may lead to power and fame, but the path beckons to a precipice. And her death in a freak accident last week, at the age of 36, will probably give her a place in pop iconography, another televisible symbol of burning drive that guttered out. The reality did not perfectly fit the already emerging legend. But NBC Newscaster Jessica Savitch left resonances.

She had had a meteoric rise. Spurred on by a father who died...

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