Take A Load Off, Ms. Walters

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It was a moment in history for me to see and hear Barbara Walters today. She is a cultural icon, and a true broadcasting pioneer. Walters spoke casually, bawdily, and with openness and honesty for about 15 minutes. Then answered some questions.

Walters seemed somewhat weary, worldly, and very wise. In a way, her message today before a room of her peers at the Atlanta Press Club was… careful what you ask for; you might get it. And you will have NO idea of the price you might have to pay, the personal sacrifices of day-to-day simple pleasures and happiness in the process.

I was a bit in awe. She was so honest, and it came through to me as a portrait of human bravery, fragility, and steely strength… all wrapped up in one iconic package.

I Twittered live during her talk and Q&A. Here’s the text of that:

A chance to interview bin Laden? “I’d pack tomorrow.” says Barbara.
Walters jokingly said list of interviews in her book is actually list of people she slept with!
Walters does a very fast “bawawawa.”
Walters, “The View is not a news program.”
Walters says worst interview was Warren Beatty. Hardest was Christopher Reeve.
Walters says her life is not private, and she wanted to tell the truth.
Barbara at the APC podium – Photo: http://bkite.com/00dZ5
Walters says Bev. Sills gave her her ring on deathbed. It said “I’ve done that.”
Walters, “I don’t want to climb any more mountains.”
Barbara dispelling any notion of an affair with Castro. 25 years between interviews! “Some relationship.”
Walters’ father lost every thing. So she had to support the family.
Walters’ ultimate influence was her sister.
Walters saying her book is her “whole package.” Warts, resentment, love & all.
Walters telling war stories. She’s riveting. She’s saying journalism has gone too celeb for her tastes. Hmmm.
Barbara being intro’d now.
At the incomparable Jacqui Chew’s table.
Just tried to snap some shots of Bawa. “No pictures!”
Hope I’m seated near AJC table!
Just bussed by Tom Houck & Mo Baker.
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