Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Louis Rukeyser

BOSTON (Reuters) - Louis Rukeyser, a television host and author who helped millions of Americans understand the workings of Wall Street with pun-filled stock market commentary delivered weekly for 32 years, died on Tuesday. He was 73.

Rukeyser died of multiple myeloma at his home in Greenwich, Connecticut, his brother Bud Rukeyser said on Wednesday.

From 1970 until 2002, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday evenings on public television, the dapper journalist began his half hour-long show Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser to the clacking sound of an old stock ticker machine.

Rukeyser reviewed the week's news with witticisms, wordplay and factoids and then moderated a panel discussion. The better the market outlook, the more he liked it, his brother said. The format never changed.

TV Guide called Wall $treet Week one of the best programs of on American television and wrote, "Louis Rukeyser's opening remarks on the week's business events are crafted gems of wry commentary; his airy and adroit handling of his big-shot guests is a pleasure to watch."

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