empresspatti (empresspatti) wrote,

News Drivel

From my former life - Newsroom encounters that don’t matter to anyone but me. 
The best looking man I have ever seen in my life, bar none including my obsession with Marsters, was Henry Kissinger’s bodyguard. I saw him twice in 1987 when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter. I slobbered all over the guy, much to the amusement of everyone else in the control room. Finally the supervising producer told me to “leave the guy alone before you make him cry.”
George Clooney came through CNN once and even though all the girls watched him on the monitors as he was interviewed on the newsroom set, everyone looked/acted busy and no one approached him or acted like he was any big deal. It was great and I know he was surprised. 
Best bathroom encounter I ever had at CNN: I snapped at some interns to leave the bathroom so Angelina Jolie could come out of the stall and not be mobbed. She came out immediately and thanked me. I found myself apologizing to her for not being allowed to go potty in peace. Afterwards I beat feet to the makeup room to find out who she was because I had no clue. 
My daughter (then 9) met Geraldine Ferraro on take your daughter to work day and asked her if would ever run for office again. I was really proud of my little journalist.
The best news story I ever covered was in July 1982. A man named Larry Walters attached 45 weather balloons to a lawn chair, strapped on a parachute, put a six pack and a bb gun in his lap and zoomed almost 16,000 feet, managing to interfere with the landing path of LAX airport. TWA and Delta pilots spotted him. He got cold so he shot out some balloons, drifted down, landed in power lines, dangled about 5 feet in the air and climbed down. We went nuts in the newsroom that day. Man o man I wish I had been on that lawn chair.
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