Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve Irwin, R.I.P.

I always really enjoyed watching Steve Irwin on TV chat shows, just as much as I have enjoyed watching his documentaries and wildlife shows. He had a huge passion for his work that was simply impossible to disguise, not that he ever tried to disguise it. He died doing what he loved, but his death has left a huge hole in the world of educational natural-history television. How many kids must have been influenced by this man's enthusiasm? How many young wildlife lovers has he inspired? Countless numbers, undoubtedly. Fortunately we have a huge body of work by which to remember him.

[BBC News story here.]



Blogger Tanya said...

I didn't watch much Steve Irwin and I wasn't a fan. But, whenever I DID see him I always thought that here was a man who couldn't wait to get up in the morning to do a job he loved so much. And I envied that.

04 September, 2006 09:57  
Blogger Red said...

That's awful sad, for sure.

But perhaps, as in the case of Grizzly Man, one ought to question the person's invasive impact on the habitat of some animal species. Austin Stevens is another one... Sure, his shows are enlightening and he takes some awesome pictures, but I cannot help but feel that he should have a bit more respect towards the snakes he claims to love. He prods and stresses them out so much, it's only a matter of time until one lashes out. Well, actually, it's already happened... wasn't he bitten by a cobra once?

04 September, 2006 09:59  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

whether you liked him or not you definitely couldn't say he wasn't passionate about what he did. have to admire that in the bloke.

til I saw him on one of our "talk" shows I always thought he was a bit of a plonker but after that particular show I did get a newfound admiration for him and his enthusiasm.

04 September, 2006 10:59  
Blogger Shep said...

Just had to phone home and warn my dear partner. Our kids (proud owners of at least 4 of his DVDs) will be devastated.

He was a good bloke, mugging away to camera sure, but pretty sincere.

And to see him on one TV show, stung by all those jellyfish and laughing as he got out of the water - impressive.

04 September, 2006 11:20  
Anonymous the cappuccino kid. said...

i did a simalar post this morning. what a shocker when you turn the telly on at 5:30am.
not his biggest fan, but he will be missed.

04 September, 2006 11:52  
Anonymous lee said...

Oh how sad! He was over the top sometimes but so infectious. What a crazy way to die. Yes, my kids will be bummed.

04 September, 2006 13:46  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

As I said over at Cappy's place, I had missed this story completely...I am a sad one...he was a true character with an intense life of studying animals his parents are the same way....

I feel really sad for his children and wife...I wonder if she will carry on his shows?

Red, you're right that a lot of these folks can be intrusive...and it can be challenging. I always remember what Gerald durrel said, he was against zoos, but at least they were keeping species alive till people finally let them have wilderness again. The goal was not to NEED a zoo ever again, that animals were allowed to live in their habitat...but if it weren't for some zoos we may have lost family lines of some species. Irwin was a bit like that, over the top but kids really responded to him.
And I've seen some kids that watch these nature human hosted shows and they have memorized climates, latin names, habitats of huge numbers of animals by the time they are five!

Ah, I love animal lovers...

04 September, 2006 15:27  
Blogger Nancy Drew said...

Sorry he's gone, stupid way to go.

04 September, 2006 19:39  

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