Nightly News | December 09, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: We lost one of our colleagues today, and because he brought so much of our work to you over the years, we wanted to make sure you knew about our friend Alan Harding . In short, his job was to get us on the air from anywhere in the world, from war zones to Olympic Games to royal weddings. Alan was born in the UK in the aftermath of World War II . After a brief and unexplainable career as a hairdresser, he thankfully turned to television. He loved his family, his co-workers. He loved food, fishing and a pint now and then. But you name it, he got it done, including finding strawberry ice cream for an anchor man who was craving it in Kuwait while cruise missiles were passing overhead. Alan didn't wear that Hawaiian shirt in any war zones. Our friend Alan leaves behind a wife and a son. He was 62 years old.