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.|