Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Oprah is a Media Genius

I took my 2 Color Purple Poster that I bought yesterday at the Broadway Cares Flea Market to the press conference where Oprah was going to announce her new radio program on XM. The new channel, titled Oprah and Friends, is part of the XM Satellite Radio network and extends the former journalist's reach beyond her syndicated talk show and her bestselling O, The Oprah Magazine.I wish this place didn't have double paned windows because of the glare. I also thought no one could see out, but Oprah waved to the crowds surrounding me. As the crowd got larger I was afraid I wasm't going to get the posters signed. After the press conference Oprah and Bob Greene emerged. I surged forward, even deflecting her bodyguards arm which strongly pushed me back. Gail saw me first, and pointed out the posters to Oprah. (if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I think Gail is the softer side of Oprah.) Oprah stopped moving forward, took the sharpie I had and signed both posters. I told her I loved the play and was going to see it again, which I am. She thanked me, as the bodyguard pushed me aside. It was awesome, and I was in my glory. I don't know why Oprah has that effect on me. If you are a long time reader of my blog, you know I try not to see a celebrity twice, but Oprah I have seen at least a several times. 3 times in Philly, here in NYC at the Color Purple premiere, at her hotel once, at the Legends Ball DVD Premiere, David Letterman, ok thats it several times. I've seen Gail a few more times than that, all those events plus Usher's premiere on Broadway (which I never had a chance to write about), the Vanity Fair party when she told me she was driving back to Conn., and on GMA. I will try and give them a rest for now on. Gail says she is not going to the view, but will concentrate on her XM talk show. I wish I had my Bob Green book that I have at home. Oprah signed it when she came to Philly a bit back. Hmmm I certainly am having a stalker moment with Oprah.A few days later a celeb photographer Luis, gave me this shot of Oprah signing the posters. A shot like increases the value of the posters. Someday when I am ready, I will donate one of them to a charity for an auction. Nate Burkus. I have seen him 3 times too. Still as cute as a button. This photo is not so hot as my fuji camera often overexposes people unless I set the ISO to something decent like 200.Then the legend of all legends - Maya Angelou. I was in heaven. Last mother's day I bought her new book - Mother - for my mom and for Mike's Mom. She was looking at me because I was gushing over her book. God I heard that Maya Angelou voice, it really was soothing. It was worth being 30 minutes late to work to see Dr. Angelou. I first heard of her when she read the Inaguaration poem for Bill Clinton in 1992.
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