For many years Jim Lehrer was the co-anchor of the PBS MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour. He was very popular, won many awards.
But he was also a very accomplished novelist, who wrote a series of bestselling books in the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s.
Over the years I interviewed Jim almost a dozen times. I always found him to be a sweet and gentle man, always a kind word for everybody, great stories to tell — especially in 1992, when I interviewed him for a memoir called “A Bus Of My Own.”
In that book, he recalls a chilling story that took place in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
The former president and CEO of Maker’s Mark bourbon whisky told, in this 2001 interview, how his family started the distillery and how he took it to international prominence.
Along the way: a ceremonial recipe-burning that almost turned into a disaster, a long and frustrating search for the right recipe, and one of the biggest marketing challenges any company has ever faced.
The old wisdom says, clothes make the man. Or the woman. But choosing the right clothes is as challenging as ever, as we try to navigate every situation from first dates and job interviews to “casual Fridays.”
In 2007 Tim Gunn, Bravo television style guru and mentor to contestants on “Project Runway,” partnered with Kate Moloney, Assistant Chair of fashion design at Parsons, The New School for Design.
Their book was called “A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style.”
She was the star of the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds,:” as well as his suspense masterpiece “Marnie.”
Tippi Hedren has also long been an advocate for wildlife, and is owner of a large private refuge in California called the Shambala Preserve. It is filled with lions, tigers, elephants, and assorted other wildlife.
Her 1985 book was “The Cats of Shambala.” That was when I met and interviewed her.
If you’ve read Michael Lewis’s book “The Blind Side,” or have seen the Academy Award-winning movie based on the book, you know about Michael Oher, the virtually-homeless Memphis teenager, who went on to become a college All-American football star and first-round draft pick by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
I met and interviewed him in 2011.
In his book “I Beat the Odds” Oher fills in his backstory — the crack-addicted mother, the nearly-dozen brothers and sisters who often had to fend for themselves, the feared social workers who he now realizes were often reduced to tears in their efforts to help him and his family.
But there’s a whole lot more you don’t know about Michael Oher — and some of what you think you know may be wrong.