# Goodbye, Steve Irwin

By Murray Bourne, 05 Sep 2006

Steve Irwin's demise will leave a big hole in the conservation movement.

The man had passion and was the consummate entertainer. As an educator, he was great. He would draw you into his world and would encourage you to think about the value of the creature he had just picked up.

I saw a short interview this morning with David Bellamy, the iconic British conservationist. He said he respected Irwin for his extraordinary knowledge and for the fact that he didn't use a script in his shows.

There has been a surge of posts in the blogosphere about his death.

Living in Singapore, it always gave me a twinge of nostalgia to see Steve on the box - a real 'mate', a fellow Australian who you could trust to be a larrikan, a lot of fun and a joker, but at the end of the day, a loyal friend.

Goodbye, Steve.

Update 13 Sep 06: In the Wordtracker keyword search engine surge report for the last 48 hours, "Steve Irwin" was in 8th position and "Steve Irwin's death" was number 38. This is from around 4 million searches...

...which represents the complete queries from the largest Metacrawlers on the web (Metacrawler/Dogpile etc..)

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