TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Remembering Jim Lovell; social media supports boy with glasses

Dec. 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM ET

Willie goes from beard to 'stache, Jim Lovell is remembered by the TODAY family and Noah Fisher sports his new (cool!) glasses.
Willie goes from beard to 'stache, Jim Lovell is remembered by the TODAY family and Noah Fisher sports his new (cool!) glasses.

1. TODAY is mourning the loss of a family member: The anchors remembered Jim Lovell, an audio technician and father of four who died in Sunday’s train crash in New York City.

"Everybody loved him," said Al. “He always had a smile and a kind word," added Natalie.

Video: The TODAY family remembers Jim Lovell, 58, who was among those killed when a commuter train derailed in New York City. Lovell was on his way to work to do a setup for the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting special when the accident occurred.

2. Al, Willie and Carson said goodbye to their No-Shave November beards, and transformed their faces into stubbly works of art – thanks to your help.

Fans voted for goatees for Al and Carson and a mustache for Willie. (Matt elected to keep his beard!) Whose new (facial) ‘do do you like best?

Video: The men of TODAY finally prepare to shave off their beards with a few taking up your suggestions for their new facial hairstyles.

3. When 4-year-old Noah Fisher found out he’d have to wear glasses to school, he burst into tears.

His mom took to Facebook, and asked friends to show Noah just how awesome glasses can be. The response, as his parents pointed out this morning, was wonderful.

Video: After four-year-old Noah Fisher complained about having to wear glasses, his mother took to social media for help, who provided in an unimaginable way. The family joins the anchors on TODAY to talk about the heartwarming response.

4. Dozens of families submitted audition videos to become TODAY’s “Sound of Music” family. Take a listen to the top three contenders, and let us know which family you think should win. (Don’t let this kid’s dance moves sway you – or do!)

Video: As the live performance of “The Sound of Music” on NBC approaches, the finalists in TODAY’s contest to find the show’s “Sound of Music” Family stop by to share their favorite moments from the classic film and sing some of its classic tunes.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!