Bet you didn’t know that I was this close to being on the CBS Evening News last Saturday. And not for any crimes of passion, either.
You wouldn’t have known because I wasn’t going to tell anyone until after it had aired, when I could determine how much of an ass I had made out of myself. But, as luck would have it, Ted Kennedy suffered that seizure, which, I suppose, is bigger news than a New England family eating locally. He’s okay, by the way. In case you didn’t hear.
The local eating story was based on the same piece they had taped for the CBS Early Show back in September, which got cut. Which then got picked up by the Evening News months later, and then promptly cut. So when I got the word that it was slated to be on again in a mere four hours, I need not have panicked like I did. Rather, I should have waited patiently for it to be cancelled again two hours later.
But that’s not the funniest part. When my piece was sitting there on the cutting board, but before I knew about Kennedy’s affliction, I had joked to the CBS producer about how the Kennedys are always trying to hog the media spotlight. How they will stop at nothing to out-tragedy each other. Did you know that people LOVE Kennedy jokes? Especially here in Massachusetts. Was there something else? Oh yeah, I had forgotten that the CBS producer herself was a Kennedy. And you wonder why I don’t like to leave the house.
Needless to say, I don’t think that piece is EVER going to run now!