We learned recently that daytime TV’s Ellen DeGeneres Show is coming to an end next year after 19 seasons.
Her show made its debut just a couple of years after I met and interviewed her mom, Betty DeGeneres.
In 1999, Betty published a book called “Love, Ellen,” a memoir of her relationship with her famous daughter — and the challenges both mother and daughter experienced when Ellen revealed her sexual orientation.
Betty DeGeneres celebrated her 91st birthday last week.
George Shulz served in various positions under three U.S. presidents — in fact Shultz held four different cabinet-level posts over the years.
An economist by training, Shultz came to Washington as Richard Nixon’s first Labor Secretary. He became Director of the Office of Management and Budget a year later, and a year after that Nixon appointed him Treasury Secretary.
Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980. and in 1982 chose Shultz as his Secretary of State. Shultz became a key shaper of foreign policy during the Reagan’s administration.
I met him in the spring of 1993, when he wrote a long memoir of his years at the State Department.
So here now, from 1993, George Shultz.
George Shultz died this past February at the age of 100.
When three guys from San Francisco started Starbucks 50 years ago, in 1971, they probably had little idea of what the future would bring for their little coffee bean business.
By 1986 there were still only six Starbucks locations. But in 1987, they sold the company to Howard Schultz. And under his leadershipp, Starbucks grew to 46 stores by 1989, and in1992 the company went public,
Howard Schultz was CEO of Starbucks from 1986 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2017.
In 1997, Schultz wrote a book called “Pour Your Heart Into It,” and that’s when I met him.
Now, a couple of times in this interview, you will hear us refer to “the tragedy in Georgetown.” Just weeks before this interview, there was a vicious crime at a Starbucks in the Georgetown section of Washington DC, in which 3 store employees were murdered.
So here now, from 1997, Howard Schultz…
Today Starbucks has over 32-thousand stories in over 80 countries.
Howard Schultz will be 68 in July. He and his family live in Seattle.
She was born into what would become one of America’s most famous music families.
La Toya Jackson is the fifth, and middle, child in the Jackson family. Less well-known than the Jackson Five or little brother Michael, La Toya carved out her own place in pop culture, as a singer and songwriter.
But little by little America learned about the private side of the Jackson family, the side the fan magazines didn’t want to write about. It was a a story of domestic abuse.
I met La Toya in 1992, after her bestselling memoir “La Toya” was published.
So here now, from 1992, La Toya Jackson.
La Toya Jackson will be 65 later this month. Her last music release was an EP album in 2011.