Consider me your dj for this read.
A friend requested a blog post. Ask and ye shall recieve.
Way back when, in 2001, I did an internship at the TODAY Show. This is pre-Meredith, pre-4 hour show, pre-Al Roker's gastric bypass, pre-Jenna Bush Hager as a correspondent.
These are the days of Matt, Katie, Al and Ann.
The request was for more behind the scenes info. Well... here it goes... or at least some of the tidbits I remember.
Kaite Couric once told me I was pretty. She was getting ready to interview the Queen of Jordan (who is gorgeous!). I think I blushed. Please keep in mind that at this point in my life Katie was basically my idol.
Soledad O'Brien was pregnant with twins and asked me to get her a tuna fish sandwish at 4am one day. I couldn't find anywhere that sold tunafish at 4am. Clearly I didn't look hard enough.
I remember Ann Curry as the kindest, most caring person I have ever interacted with. I don't care if she stumbles every now and then, the woman is absolutely the nicest person I've ever met.
Once I was charged with making sure John (Cougar) Melloncamp go to the set on time. In the elevator he told me he was pretty sure I thought he was old. Then, he proceeded to tell me that he smoked a pack of cigarettes and ran 5 miles already. It was 7am.
Without question, I weigh more than Matt Lauer.
Bill O'Reilly yelled at me once. First let me say that at 20 years old, I didn't have a damn clue who the hell Bill O'Reilly was. I was living in a college town where the coolest part about the newspaper was when you knew someone they asked the 'question of the week' to so that you could harrass them. So, anyway... I digress. O'Reilly was a guest and then MSNBC wanted to interview him so I was supposed to walk him across the street to their studio in 30 Rock. Well, I took him out the door and past the crazies outside on the plaza. Some lady chased him down and gave him a painting. He didn't like that. Oops.
Let's be serious. I spent a lot of time, A LOT of time, sorting mail. The TODAY Show gets crazy amounts of mail. Letters, books, videos, magazines, newspapers... they probably single handedly keep the postal service in business. I also acted as the assistant to the senior entertainment producer. Sounds fancy huh? Well, I answered his phones and people sent me cd's. Lots and lots of cd's. Not that bad of a gig for a 20 year old.
So it may not have been the most glamorous of internships but I learned a lot of 'the biz' (which I still got into despite myself) and about myself. I met one of my best friends in the world and had a blast exploring and playing in what I think is one of the best cities in the world.
The Best part? I can alway say, 'I was there when...'.
**there would be pictures accompanying this post, however, our basement is still... well, you know...**