It’s Kind of a Funny Story

About the Blog / Friday, August 15th, 2014

So, funny story.

A year ago this week, Lindsey and I were in New York to be on the TODAY show. (Did you miss our 4 ½ minutes of fame? You can see it here.)

The next day was rainy – very rainy – and we were killing time in a bookstore in the basement of Rockefeller Center, waiting on our car to the airport.

There were some books displayed on a wooden table in the middle of the store, and I spotted one called Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

That seemed ironic, seeing as why we were in NY and all, so I picked it up and showed to Lindsey, kind of casually asking her, “I wonder if this book is any good?

And a guy standing next to us, who I hadn’t noticed before that moment, said, “It is. I wrote it.

The guy was Brian Stelter, a media reporter for the New York Times, and he really did write the book. I know because I compared his picture on the book jacket to his face, which was right in front of me.

Brian Stelter Top of the MorningHe explained that he was meeting someone nearby for an interview and the person was running late, so he was also killing time, and stopped in the bookstore to see if they were still carrying his book. Weird, right?

Well we got to tell him that we had actually been TODAY show guests the day before. He asked who our anchors were (answer: Willie and Natalie) and I – not wanting to waste the opportunity – asked him a couple of questions about the whole Ann Curry/Savannah Guthrie/Matt Lauer TODAY show drama. (I would tell you what he said but you people really need to get your own media sources.)

Anyway, he went on to his interview and we of course bought the book. So later in the day Lindsey tweeted this.Brian Stelter Top of the MorningAnd Brian Stelter tweeted back this.

Brian Stelter TweetAnd then Gawker picked up the conversation and Lindsey’s Twitter blew up for a while.

Shortly thereafter we boarded a plane and flew back to our regularly scheduled lives. And a few months later Brian Stelter went on to become the host of CNN’s Reliable Sources.

I was reminded of all of this recently because Lindsey ran across the book and started reading it. And to bring this whole morning TV saga full circle, her new job is as the 4:30 am news producer at one of our local TV stations.

See? I told you. Funny story.

I plan to borrow the book from Lindsey as soon as she’s done reading it (I can’t believe we’ve let a whole year go by). In the meantime, here is some other reading that caught my eye.

Have an eventful weekend!

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