I learned recently that Stephen Colbert lost his dad and 2 of his brothers. I had no idea about this incident until Friday night when I was searching YouTube for Late Night Show episode clips and watched the interview with Vice Present Joe Biden.
When Stephen was only 10 years old, his father, James, and two older siblings, Paul (18) and Peter (15), died when Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashed in North Carolina on September 11, 1974.
I realized after starting to write this post that the interview with Joe was on September 11th, exactly 41 years after the tragedy. Joe and Stephen talked about their stories and the heart break with death they experienced so close to home. I can’t wait to share the clips with you on the next post, the interview is truly moving.
Stephen Colbert has become this person living like the sky is the limit and is now even the host of the Late Show on CBS! Total side note; my dad worked for CBS Television for 20 years, and used to work on the Late Show with David Letterman. I found watching Colbert this week extremely exciting and connecting me to my dad’s energy… just even seeing the CBS symbol makes me feel him around me.
On my hunt for more background information (I’m a curious gal some would say!), I found this Stephen Colbert interview with Oprah where he talks about how it took him until he started college 8 years later to really start grieving his dad, how this difficult time in his life helped make him the person he is today and what brings him absolute joy in his life now. I find his story really inspiring.