40 years ago this week, a young would-be assassin put a bullet in President Ronald Reagan.
The man whose quick thinking likely saved the president’s life was Jerry Parr, a member of Mr. Reagan’s Secret Service detail that day outside the Washington Hilton Hotel.
Before anyone was aware that one of John Hinckley jr. shots had actually hit the president, Jerry Parr recognized something was seriously wrong, and he ordered the president’s driver to head straight to the hospital.
The president arrived at the hospital just in time. He collapsed inside the door, and was rushed into surgery.
I met Jerry Parr in 2013. He and his wife Carolyn had written a book about that day, and about their lives before and after the assassination attempt.
And as you’re about to hear, Carolyn Parr made what I guess Hollywood would call a cameo appearance at the Reagan shooting scen
So here now, from 2013, Jerry Parr.
Jerry Parr died just two years after our interview. He was 85.
Born in Somalia, and raised in East Africa, Iman first caught the attention of the fashion world soon after she turned 20. And very soon, she became a supermodel, as photographers and designers recognized her extraordinary beauty and grace.
She is frequently seen with other beautiful people, from Hollywood and elsewhere around the world. She was married to David Bowie.
I met Iman in 2005, when she published a book of beauty advice for women of color.
so here now, from 2005, Iman.
Iman will be 66 this summer — and still one of he world’s most beautiful women.
She’s been a top New York City real estate broker for many years, but you may know Barbara Corcoran best for her role that’s one of the investors pitched by entrepreneurs each week on the TV series Shark Tank.
What you may not know is that Barbara Corcoran is one of 10 children, and that her very strong mother inspired her to become a business success.
I met Barbara Corcoran in 2003, when she wrote a book about the wisdom her mother had passed along to her.
So here now, from 2003, Barbara Corcoran:
Barbara Corcoran is 72. She is still very active as a public speakler consulant and columnist.
If you were in network TV news 50 or 60 years ago, the place to be was the CBS News Washington DC bureau.
CBS was long considered the gold standard of television news – after all, Edward R, Murrow helped shape and define it.
Among the roster of journalism heavyweights in the bureau was Roger Mudd. He had a front-row seat to that historic 20-year period from 1960 to 1980, which he wrote about in a 2008 memoir. That’s when I met him.
Her parents were both major Hollywood figures, and she grew up amongst big stars. By the time she was a teenager Mia Farrow was a star on the ABC TV primetime soap opera Peyton Place.
Then came movie roles, as well as a brief marriage to Frank Sinatra. In 1968, Farrow starred in “Rosemary’s Baby,” the movie which propelled her to major stardom. And another brief marriage, to Andre Previn.
Then, in 1980, she began a relationship with Woody Allen. It ended in 1992 with a very messy, complicated, and very public court battle over custody of their children. Allegations of sexual abuse were thrown about.
In 1997, Mia Farrow wrote a memoir, and that’s when I met her.
In January 1966 a new TV series premiered, unlike any we had seen before. Even though it only ran on the ABC network for three seasons, it changed television history. And it made the show’s star a folk hero. That show, of course, was Batman.
Adam West played millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, who, along with his sidekick Dick Grayson, aka Robin, fought evil criminals in Gotham City.
Every week, the Dynamic Duo faced off with another super villain — Riddler, Joker, Penguin, Catwoman.
But the show also typecast Adam West, and it took him many years to extricate himself.
I met him in 1994, when he wrote A Memoir of his Batman years.
Larry Flynt is best known for Hustler magazine, which he founded in the mid-1970s, and for the videos and cable TV channels the grew out of the Hustler brand.
But it turns out Larry Flynt was also an amateur student of history.
Ten years ago, fFlynt and a professional historian co-authored a book called “One Nation Under Ssex: How the Private Lives of Presidents, First Ladies, and Their Lovers Change the Course of American History.