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Luke Russert Is His Father's Son

"Go Bills."

That's how Luke Russert ended a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview Monday in which the NBC News youth correspondent discussed his family, election coverage and his appreciation of the support from Western New Yorkers since the June 13 death of his father, "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert.

Luke's sign-off was just one illustration that he is his father's son. Of course, he has his father's face. But he also has his outgoing attitude, uses his relatives as a political focus groups and loves Buffalo sports teams.

He is coming here Thursday with his mother, Vanity Fair correspondent Maureen Orth, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his grandfather,Tim Sr., "Big Russ," Tim's sister, Kathy Hughes-Russert, and other relatives.

His plans during his visit here include seeing a Buffalo Sabres game on Friday, a Bills game on Sunday and perhaps drinking a beer on Chippewa Street, where he enjoys the cheaper prices in Buffalo bars.

If any WNYers run into him during his visit, they should know he has his late father's philosophy about greeting strangers who want to talk sports or politics.

"My dad always said to me 'it takes the same amount of time to be nice to someone as it does to be mean,'" said Russert. "He said 'it is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice.'"

To read more about Luke Russert, check out today's story in The Buffalo News. And tell me what you think of the 23-year-old son of Buffalo's favorite son.

-- Alan Pergament   

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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