David Frost (1939-2013)

Monday 2 September 2013, 11.12am HKT


david frost with richard nixon 1977 hollywoodreporter

David Frost, 1939–2013, aged 74

“Don’t be rude!” — Frost to President Nixon during live TV interview, 1977

(image by Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter)

Boy, I remembered that TV interview really well. I thought Frostbite got real balls to interview Tricky Dick the way he did. I honestly thought the pair of them would literally have it out in front of the cameras — in Frost’s signature red socks.

(And whatever may have been said about Robot Nixon, he as president of a world superpower got real balls to let anyone interview him the way it turned out and let it carried on.)

Srsly, they don’t make people like the pair of them anymore.

Sir David Frost died of a heart attack on board the cruise ship M.S. Queen Elizabeth on Sunday Saturday, 31 Aug 2013.

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3 Responses to “David Frost (1939-2013)”

  1. I remember the Frost-Nixon very clearly as well. Tricky Dicky was well and truly caught off guard by Frosty and it precipitated his fall from power. Politicians were pretty quick to learn not to expose themselves in the media like this. It is doubtful whether an Obama or a Cameron would allow themselves to be interviewed without a script now.
    While it was a landmark moment in modern media (and Republican politics) it kind of marks a moment when the world lost a bit more of its innocence and we began to learn to distrust our elected leaders.
    David Frost was certainly one of the most notable personalities of the last century.

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