A nice eulogy by Hal Daume here.
UPDATE: Here is a PDF of Jelinek's ACL Lifetime Achievement Award speech: The Dawn of Statistical ASR and MT. Money quote:
Research in both ASR and MT continues. The statistical approach is clearly dominant. The knowledge of linguists is added wherever it fits. And although we have made significant progress, we are very far from solving the problems. That is a good thing: We can continue accepting new students into our field without any worry that they will have to search, in the middle of their careers, for new fields of action.