Daily Archives: September 11, 2010

Nine years. And soaking up a few more of my 15 minutes

**Today, of course, is the ninth anniversary of 9/11, the biggest tragedy to hit America in my lifetime. I know you’re going to get bombarded with remembrances of the day today, and I don’t have anything particularly noteworthy to add.

Two things to share: One, every year on 9/11 I watch this incredibly moving short video done by a man named Jason Powers, a few months after the tragedy.
And second, I watch an amazing HBO documentary every year on 9/11, called Telling Nicholas. It’s about a little boy whose mother died in the Towers, and one family’s struggle to tell him the truth. If you ever get a chance to watch it, I highly recommend it.

**I used to dream about being famous. Doesn’t everybody have that dream? I thought I’d be a big-time writer traveling the world, making speeches, selling millions of books, and basically living the life of a celebrity.

Um, yeah, still waiting for that.
I’ve realized now that fame is unlikely, so I enjoy the brief glimpses of it I get. I got an email Friday morning from a producer at HLN Prime News, the nightly news show on the Headline News Network (a division of CNN).

Would I be interested in coming on the air at 6:30 to discuss the big story I’ve been following, the arrest of a popular high school football coach on prostitution solicitation charges?
Of course, I said. I love media attention.
As it turned out, I had to do a phone interview, and they told me the segment would be 10 minutes, when it was only 5, and I had to share time with another guest.
But it was still a lot of fun. I used to get so nervous before doing TV or radio, but I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of it in my career.
I’ve learned how to slow down and not rush through my points. I’ve learned to not step on the interviewer when he/she is talking (I still have trouble with that one.)

Doing stuff like this, even four minutes on a Friday night, reminds me I’m lucky to do what I do. People want to hear me talk about a story or a project I’m working on, and that’s a rewarding feeling.