Tony Snow died early Saturday morning at the age of 53, finally succumbing to the cancer he'd beaten back twice before.
The eccentric hierarchy of fame dictates that Snow will be remembered by most people for his tenure as President Bush's combative press secretary, though it lasted only 17 months. And as press secretaries go, Snow was certainly a memorable one, turning his press briefings into daily jousts with the White House press corps.
When Hearst columnist Helen Thomas once gave a speech, loosely disguised as a question, demanding that Bush halt Israel's invasion of Lebanon, Snow listened patiently, then amiably thanked Thomas for offering "the Hezbollah view" of American policy.
Glenn Garvin is the TV critic of The Miami Herald. Read the rest of his tribute to Tony Snow.