Birthday Boy!

TombrokawHappy Birthday Tom Brokaw!!

Oh, he is the man.  Last night’s Super Tuesday coverage is just one example of why.  Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert on election night – unmatched.

Thank you to my friends who drew my attention to this important day.

I wish so badly that I could work with Tom Brokaw just once.  We’ve never even met.  I did get to talk into his earpiece once.  It was the summer of 2001.  I was working in Roanoke and he had just put out his first book, The Greatest Generation.  We were putting together a one hour special for the opening of the National D-Day Memorial, so we had Tom for a satellite interview.

I got in his ear and I said, "Hi Tom, this is Dana in Roanoke, can you hear me okay?"  He replied "Yes, Roanoke."  I repeated myself.  I wanted desperately to hear Tom Brokaw say MY NAME.  But he never did.  He called me "Roanoke" once more.  Then the anchor who was asking the questions I had written for the interview said, right before we got started, "D-Day? That was in World War Two, right?" I was MORTIFIED.  So, that’s the only Tom Brokaw memory I really have.  Sad, yes?  Well, if I ever have the opportunity to meet him I hope I don’t freeze up and I may or may not mention that my dog is named Brokaw, I’ll have to feel him out and decide whether he’ll be flattered or think I’m a freak.

It is so warm here and I am loving it!  I am not a winter fan.  You know me, you know this.  I love that it has been 70+ for the past two days.  I have had my window open non-stop for two days!  Oh, the breeze is so nice.  I wish my window didn’t overlook the very loud loading dock area, but hey, that’s okay – I’m loving the fresh air! 

I was caught in traffic on my way home from work because of the President’s visit to the Dept. of Agriculture – RIGHT on my way home – but I didn’t mind because I had my SUNROOF OPEN and I heard a randomly wonderful song on the radio… Whitney Houston: I wanna dance with somebody – wanna feel the heat with somboooooodyyyy. Oh yeah! I was totally jamming out.

I took Brokaw (the puggle, not the man) to a dog park and it was fun to see him running around with all the other doggies.  He was loving it!

I am just now realizing the Jack Johnson album I pre-ordered from iTunes is available TODAY.  Woo-hoo. This day just keeps getting better!


  1. Dana – thank you so much for all your support in those posts down there. I’m sorry I missed them on the day you posted – I just love that you were thinking of us, it means the world. sounds like you’re gonna have a fun valentine’s day!

  2. Daughter,
    I think you should email the human Brokaw. I think he would get a kick out of it. Mama’s heading to Atlantic City Sunday, early AM. I hope the red 19 comes up on the roulette wheel! love how I didn’t put your childhood name out there pudding pop.
    love, emailing mama

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