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The strangest thing that happened to me as a result of writing my books: being offered a blind date with Katie Couric . . . yes, NBC's Katie Couric.
This unimaginable offer came about in the following way. A woman read my book True Emergency Room Stories, then wrote to me. To make a long story short, we became friends and she eventually offered to introduce me to a friend of hers, Katie Couric. I appreciated the offer, but I declined the proposal for the following reasons:
My friend tried to persuade me that Katie is even more fun to be with in real
life than she is on television. That is probably true, and I doubt that
Katie and I would have spent our time locking horns over political issues, but I
still declined the chance to meet her because living anywhere near New York City
is a deal-breaker for me.
UPDATE, NINE YEARS LATER: Now that my political views have changed, and I am likely much further left than Katie on some (almost certainly not all) issues, it would be interesting to talk politics with her, or anyone else who enjoys such discussions. Incidentally, isn't it regrettable how people who disagree about politics online often go bananas in lambasting their opponents, while people in real life can harmonize well even if they are on opposite ends of the political spectrum? For example, I get along very well with one of my sisters-in-law who is purely liberal, and so does my conservative brother, of course. My relationship with her was no more contentious when I was purely conservative. I am always thinking and trying to become a better person, so some of my opinions change in time. Thus, even I don't agree with all of my prior opinions. Knowing this makes it easy to get along with others even if they disagree with me.
Did you believe the Media Matters lies? Read this and other articles in my blog. Even the über-liberal New York Times called Media Matters “highly partisan.” That's a nice way of saying they aren't fair.
October 17, 2021: Katie Couric's RBG Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
October 19, 2021: Katie Couric grilled on Today about editing RBG interview: 'How did you justify that?'
October 21, 2021: Katie Couric Is Not for Everyone The legendary anchor has written a wild, unflinching memoir. Does that make her a bad person?