Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Perfect 10!

If anyone who knows me personally is reading this please go away. I'm going to embarrass and humiliate myself beyond words. On the Anderson Cooper scale of hotness, Monday night's show was a 10. I've tried to remain above this, tried to be adult about it, but once in a while my inner teenager manages to rise to the surface. Monday was one of those nights. So I give up, no more words are necessary. We'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.


screencaps courtsey of legionpossessed






I've noticed that the Gennia's link at 'You Send It' for the Anderson/James Blunt video has expired. I uploaded it to MegaUploads. If you've never seen it, please take the time. Gennia did an amazing job of taking James Blunt's music and combining it with Anderson's Africa and Katrina footage.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Live from New Orleans

screencap courtesy of bcfraggle


Today, with Anderson back in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, is the perfect time to highlight a few websites that help us to help the people of New Orleans and all the victims of Hurricane Katrina.



Habitat for Humanity musican's village is one of the most unique programs I've come across in my search for ways to assist. This program is associated with Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Its purpose is to build new homes,that will house the displaced musicans of New Orleans. These musicians are the life blood, the soul of this great city. Without a way to bring them back to their roots there is a real danger that New Orleans will never be the same.


If you visit the Habit for Humanity website you'll find many projects that benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and many ways to help. Projects are on-going and you can sign up for a hands on experience or donate money to keep the rebuilding going.



Also, please visit the site that I'm involved with 'Keeping Them Honest'. Join in our effort to speak out on behalf of Katrina victims. The only politics involved in this effort are the politics of compassion and honesty. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage people to speakup, speak out, hold elected officials accountable. Your efforts can help over one million people get their lives back. Participation in this project says nothing of your politics, but speaks volumes about your heart.

Two other excellent organizations that benefit Hurricane Katrina victims are The Salvation Army and The American Red Cross.


Finally, on this Fat Tuesday don't forget that this is the day to try CNN's Pipeline for free. It's Pipeline's first "Free Preview Day" and will begin at midnight and run until 11:59 p.m. (ET) coinciding with Fat Tuesday celebrations across the U.S. Gulf Coast. CNN Pipeline's special Mardi Gras coverage includes a full day of reports from the Gulf Coast and on-demand video from previous Mardi Gras celebrations. CNN Pipeline will air live reports from CNN correspondents in the region, as well as related taped reports, through real-time, streaming coverage on up to four simultaneous feeds. In addition, CNN Pipeline will stream a live feed from one of New Orleans most famous streets, Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, to give users a bird's eye view of the festivities between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight (ET).

HAPPY MONDAY!

Here are a few pictures of my favorite newsman, to start the week off right.
Happy Monday everyone!







Saturday, February 25, 2006

Tonight in Waveland, Mississippi with Anderson Cooper

screencaps courtesy of bcfraggle









Seriously the best 360 I've seen in months. The stories were fresh and Anderson was remarkable, he pulled out all the stops tonight. We also had John King, Michael Ware, Peter Bergman, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Gary Tuchman and no repeats! Here are a few pictures to help you through the looooooong weekend without 360. (Anderson said tonight he wouldn't see us until Monday, so I guess last night he was just teasing.)

Since I knew Anderson would be broadcasting from Waveland, Mississippi tonight I decided to do a little research. I knew very little about Waveland and here's some of what I found on the internet. Most figures are based on 2000 United States census.

Elevation is 17 feet above sea level, no wonder it flooded so badly.

Median resident's age is 38.0 years. This is also surprising. Fairly young area.

Median household income: $33,304. Average median income for all the US is $43, 527

Median house value: $90,100. Average median house value for all the US is $169,000.

Races in Waveland:
White Non-Hispanic (83.9%)
Black (11.2%)
Hispanic (2.0%)
American Indian (1.0%)
Vietnamese (1.0%)
Two or more races (0.9%)

Ancestries:
French (17.3%)
German (14.2%)
Irish (13.2%)
United States (10.9%)
English (10.7%)
Italian (5.2%).

Friday, February 24, 2006

Lots of Breaking News Tonight

screencap courtesy of bcfraggle

A good portion of tonight's 360 covered breaking news of a hostage situation in Phoenix. I'm from Phoenix and found my local reporters were doing a better job of keeping me updated than CNN. Anderson kept going to CNN's negotiations expert for clarification, but most of what the expert offered seemed speculative to me. I can imagine many CNN viewers, who were not from the Phoenix area, probably found to much was made of this situation. Obviously I didn't. The hostages, including a federal judge, were all safely released 25 minutes after 360 ended.
The other big breaking news story of the evening was the Dubai Ports World offer to delay taking over management of 6 United States ports. It seemed a bit of a stretch to call this breaking news as the night wore on. As Anderson said towards the end of the show, we'll find out much more tomorrow.
If you're keeping track of Anderson, tonight he was in Atlanta(why, who knows?), tomorrow he's doing the show from Waveland and Monday and Tuesday will be covering Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I heard him say, at one point tonight, he would be reporting on Saturday and Sunday also. Stayed tuned to CNN.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Taking it to the Nth....December 1, 2004

Little did Anderson know, when he did this nth degree, he'd be blogging one day, too .



Tonight, word up to the Nth Degree. And the results are in. Drum roll, please. OK. Well, according to the online dictionary folk at Merriam- Webster, the most looked-up word of the year was -- drum roll, please. Thank you. Blog. You know, blog, as in web log, those burgeoning computerized scrapbooks posted for all the world to see by just about anyone who cares to do that on any subject whatsoever. It's a new concept, and so it makes sense that a lot of people had to look the word up. But do you know what the second most looked- up word of the year was? Incumbent. No, we're not kidding. Incumbent. Evidently, in an election year yet there were a whole lot of people walking around just pretending to know the meaning of the word incumbent. Yes, yes, the guy is certainly incumbent all right, no question about that, God bless him. Then when no one was looking off they'd steal to the dictionary to find out what this danged incumbent thing actually was. But here's the best part. In 10th place on the list of most often looked-up words is defenestration. Defenestration, the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. My fellow Americans, what the heck are you reading that repeatedly sends you to the dictionary to look that word up? Makes you want to blog. I'm Anderson Cooper. Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Do This For Anderson.

screencap courtesy of legionpossessed







I truly loved the passion Anderson showed on Oprah and 360 today, when reporting on the long lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina. I am going to assume, if you are reading this, you are an Anderfan and would do most anything to support your favorite anchor? Well, the time has come to take a minute and step up to the plate for an Andercause. This will cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time and the support will touch Anderson Cooper's heart, I promise. Just click on the link to the "Keeping Them Honest" website. Pick a letter, or letters, (or compose your own) from the prewritten forms, select an address from the listings on the left of the webpage and be heard on how you want our government to proceed with Katrina relief. I thank you and more importantly Anderson will thank you too.

A kind All Things Anderson reader, WLC, was at Anderson's Kent State speech Tuesday night and she was kind enough to send All Things Anderson some pictures, with a promise of more to come. Thank you WLC, job well done. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coollefty

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A Lesson Learned




I pretty much could be anybody, your neighbor, your college roommate, your worst nightmare. But I'm really just an nobody, an average ordinary middle age woman with a blog. A blog about Anderson Cooper. I've always wanted to remain anonymous in my blogging - it's easier for me to write this way. I also like the freedom it gives me to talk about my husband, my kids, my life, my obsession without embarrassing anyone. (Be patient, I'm getting to how this all ties into Anderson Cooper.) This weekend someone on the internet apparently didn't like the nice little private, anonymous world I have created for myself. They acquired some private information they thought related to me and posted it on a website. Maybe by accident, maybe to embarrass me, maybe so I would marvel at their detective abilities. Who knows. What I do know is I didn't like it at all. This nice little balance that I had worked out in my life that allowed me to be free to write, without worry about how it effected my family, my friends, my clients was in danger of crumbling around me and my keyboard. (Now we get to how this relates to Mr. Cooper.)
I try to learn lessons from events like this. Sometimes it takes years to see how the lesson applies to my everyday living, sometimes it is almost instantaneous. That was the case with this lesson. I came across some Anderson information today that I would normally have wanted to share in my blog, immediately. Interesting information, private information, probably true, possibly not, but interesting none the less. I studied this information, which included a picture of Anderson and his alleged significant other. Also included were some quotes from a supposed first hand source, saying Anderson acknowledged his significant other in their conversation. Don't bother to scroll down and look for the picture. The picture isn't here, nor is the accompanying story. As I said, I learned a lesson this weekend. If Anderson Cooper wants us to know who he loves, who he sleeps with, who is there for him when he needs someone to lean on, he'll tell us. And the same goes for me.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Nth degree, March 19,2004

Since it's been a slow news weekend, at least Anderson related news, I thought you all might enjoy some vintage Anderson Cooper Nth degree.



COOPER: Tonight, taking brands to "The Nth Degree."

Mr. Peanut has had a makeover. The brand character for Planters still sports a top hat, monocle and cane, but now he's -- well, he's trying to be hip. In new ads, the 88-year-old Peanut plays B-ball, cares about carbs and even shakes his nuts.
It may seem undignified, but let's be honest. Being an old brand character isn't easy in this youth-obsessed age. Don't believe me? Just ask the old Brawny guy. Sure, he was hot for a while, but the '70s porn look is out. I hear the new Brawny guy never even said thanks; 83-year-old Betty Crocker was replaced with a younger model. That was eight years ago. She's probably due for a bit of Botox.
Aunt Jemima is still around, of course, but she's had to endure endless face-lifts and tummy tucks. Companies want their brand characters to be multicultural, accessible. And there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But we also think there's nothing wrong with showing your age. And these days, that makes us just plain nuts.

Friday, February 17, 2006

A Busy, Busy Man


Scheduled appearances for Anderson have been popping up on the internet right and left. Here's a partial list for the next few weeks , hope I didn't miss any?


Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 Oprah

Various internet sites are reporting that Anderson will appear on Oprah. No information as to pre taping or live show.

Also Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Kent State Stark

The 2005-2006 Featured Speakers Series is a special part of the Artist/Lecture Series at Kent State Stark. The series includes nationally and internationally known experts in areas such as civil rights, politics, education, literature, the arts and other numerous topics. The series is designed to expose students and community members to a wide range of topics and issues facing our society. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; HOWEVER, SEATING IS LIMITED.

Friday, February 24, 2006 AC360
Anderson Cooper 360° live from Waveland, Miss.

Beginning Monday February 27, 2006 AC 360
Anderson Cooper 360 is live from New Orleans at 10 PM.

Monday, March 6, 2006 Columbia College
Anderson Cooper to be a Schiffman Lecture speaker

March 27, 2006 GLAAD
GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York at the Marriott Marquis.
Anderson is nominated for 2 awards, "School Outing" and "Secret Sex Lives".

Anderson Cooper, movie buff

On Valentine's Day Anderson said "Ah, the science of lerve -- or love -- or lerve. That's from a Woody Allen movie, but anyway. I won't go into it. Happy Valentine's day, everyone." Christian, at The Anderson Cooper Corner " further explained, "If you don't catch the reference, Andy was talking about Annie Hall, where Alvy says to Annie: "Love is too weak a word, I lerve you..."

It's not the first time Anderson Cooper has given us some clue that he's a movie buff. Remember his Goodfellows impersonation a few weeks back? While surfing the net I found this interview between AC and Russ Letherman, Mr. Moviefone. I found it very interesting, hope you do too.

Tuesday Oct. 29 2002 Leatherman joined CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper via satellite from Los Angeles on to talk about the top scary movies of all time -- just in time for Halloween.

RUSS LEATHERMAN, "MR. MOVIEFONE": Are you OK there, Anderson?

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: I'm doing all right. I was a little scared. "The
Exorcist" kind of freaks me out. Let's talk about scary movies that are out in
release now. I just saw "The Ring."

LEATHERMAN: There are a couple of scary movies in theaters right now. You
talked about "The Ring" -- that's probably the best one, certainly the
spookiest one. You watch a videotape and you die seven days later -- what's
spookier than that?

COOPER: And that was based on a Japanese movie from a couple years back.

LEATHERMAN: It was "Ringu," and that's a very scary movie. It's like you're
looking at the clip with the girl crawling out. That's all very scary stuff. If
you want to go to a movie theater to see a scary movie there is "Halloween."
That's the one you want to see.

COOPER: There's also "Ghost Ship" which opened up this weekend. I think it came
in third behind "Jackass." I always wanted to be able to say that on TV.

LEATHERMAN: Yes, it did come in third. Maybe didn't do as well as some may have
thought. It's one of those movies. It's called "Ghost Ship," so you know what
you'll get going in. No big surprises. It's a lot of fun. Not nearly as creepy
as "The Ring," but still kind of fun for a Halloween kind of movie.

COOPER: Let's talk about the top five scariest movies of all time in your
opinion.

LEATHERMAN: Well, you know, we all like to do something on Halloween, and if
you weren't invited to the big party or something like that, you got to find
something to do. So go out and rent a DVD, and we took a little poll on
moviefone.com to find out which movies moviegoers thought were the scariest
movies of all time. If you look at number one, moviegoers think "The Exorcist"
is the scariest of all time. I don't know if you remember "The Exorcist" or
remember the scene...

COOPER: How can I forget it?

LEATHERMAN: ... of Linda Blair with her head spinning around, and she had that
green stuff flying out of her mouth, which also can be seen in the movie
"Jackass," by the way. But in "Jackass," it's real. "The Exorcist" was a scary,
scary movie, and as scary today as it was then. It's really held up over
time.

COOPER: I was disappointed that "The Exorcist 2, The Heretic" was not on your
list. But number two, "The Shining," I think that is the scariest movie. I was
thinking earlier, I've never seen the entire thing all through. I've seen it in
little bits, but I just can't watch the whole thing; it's too scary.

LEATHERMAN: You're kind of a wimp, Anderson.

COOPER: I can fess up to that, yes.

LEATHERMAN: I agree with you. I think it's certainly one of the scariest movies
of all time. Probably the best work that Jack Nicholson has ever done. You're
looking at him right now, and he's getting ready to chop the door down, and
here he goes with that famous line -- "Here's Johnny!" So, again, this is
another one of these movies you can watch today and still be creeped out just
as scary as it was when it first came out in 1980.

COOPER: Also, "Jaws" really holds up. It's a whole different kind of scary, but
it really holds up. I just saw it again recently.

LEATHERMAN: "Jaws" is one of those movies that really kind of changed the way
Americans behaved. I mean, this movie got into our psyche. Right before "Jaws,"
nobody thought about sharks. After "Jaws," people didn't go in the water
anymore. Tourism was down. It was one of those movies [that], at the time,
really freaked everyone in America out. Everybody who saw it was really leery
of the water. So you look at what makes a movie scary, well, certainly, if
you're affected afterwards and your behavior changes, that must be a scary
movie.

COOPER: Equally scary is "Mr. Holland's Opus," which the guy from "Jaws" is in.

LEATHERMAN: That and "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood."

COOPER: I'm sorry we couldn't get to Pia Zadora, because I know she's in at
least one scary movie, not intentionally scary. But Mr. Moviefone, we appreciate you being with us. Russ Leatherman, thanks very much.

LEATHERMAN: Happy to be here. See you next time.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Relating to Sanjay's Pain Report















On Monday night's 360 Dr. Sanjay did a report on pain and overcoming it. The report featured video of men going into a trance like state and piercing their bodies with skewers. These men are members of a branch of Islam, known as Sufism. The ritual involves self-mutilation in the name of connecting to God. It reminded me so strongly of a similar ritual of self-mutilation that Hindu men practice in Singapore that I felt compelled to dig out some pictures and share.

During Deepavali large crowds gather at the temple to watch barefoot Hindu devotees walk on hot coals. The men work themselves into a trance-like state and are pierced with skewers, needles, and fish hooks. These sharp objects are attached to a large framed structure that the men carry as they form a parade that winds through the streets of Singapore. Large crowds of family and friends follow along offering support. I witnessed this procession several times when I lived in Singapore and it never failed to astound me.


And on a completly unrelated note, several days ago I posted a link to a video of Anderson set to a James Blunt song. I received many e mails requesting more information on the song and video. Again, thanks to gennia. And here is a link to James Blunt's music videos. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Baby Buggy Event



There are a few interesting items to catch up on tonight. First, judging from this picture, Anderson did indeed make it back from New Orleans in time to host the Baby Buggy Event with Jerry Seinfield. There was no mention of the charity event on last night's 360, but Anderson was in an exceptionally snarky mood. Stephen and Jerry must be a good influence on AC. Monday's 360 was excellent. Lots of snark, a little flirting, a fascinating medical segment by Dr. Sanjay and the reports on the gang that can't shoot straight. I must say Rick Sanchez is really growing on me. His piece on hunting was informative and amusing.

Now on to some interesting, at least for me, information from The New York Observer. As most of us know, Faux News beats CNN most every night. I can't even make a semi- intelligent observation about this, so I'll move on. Rebecca Dana wrote that MSNBC and CNN are killing Fox on the web and that translates to big money. "CNN.com charges between $9 and $30 for 1,000 page views of a display ad. (For comparison's sake, a 30-second spot during Anderson Cooper 360 costs around $10,000, according to one television buyer. That means an advertiser would pay around $16 to reach 1,000 viewers.) Assuming the cheapest rate, $9, and assuming a single ad per page, the site would make $12 million per month, at the very minimum." "Nevertheless, given the ad density and the prices, it's safe to guess that display ads alone make tens of millions of dollars for CNN.com and MSNBC.com each month." So, it seems that ratings are not everything.

Lastly, I need to make mention of my other favorite newsman, Keith Olberman. His show was absolutely brilliant Monday night, especially coverage of the Dick Cheny incident. At one point he did a remote interview with Dana Milbank, of the Washington Post. Mr. Milbank was in a studio, he explained, not far from the home of Dick Cheny. Thus explaining why Milbank was wearing a blaze orange hunting vest, hat and gloves. I heard not a word of the interview, I was laughing too hard.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day



If you haven't seen this photograph before look closely. This beautiful photo is of Anderson Cooper. It's from a book entitled Precious by photographer couple Melanie Dunea and Nigel Parry. The book, published in 2004, features celebs who where asked "What is the most precious part of your body?" Obviously, Anderson choose his heart and I think it's the most appropriate picture I could find for Valentine's Day. The book is available at Amazon and proceeds benefit Starlight Childern's Foundation.

Tonight's the night.



You say you've always wanted to see Anderson in person. How about Anderson with Stephen Colbert and Jerry Seinfeld? Sounds like the perfect trifecta, doesn't it? Well don't bother digging under the couch cushions and trolling the bottom of you purse to come up with the $250 minimum to get in the door. The benefit tonight at Lincoln Center is Sold Out. Here's the details, in case you didn't get your invite in the mail.


BABY BUGGY - A FESTIVAL OF LIES WITH JERRY SEINFELD A Special Night Not Open to the General Public! For one-night only, Jerry Seinfeld will make a rare on-stage appearance and perform at a benefit evening for Baby Buggy, hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper with special guest, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central. Enjoy a night of comedy and entertainment as Jerry performs all new material. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible and all proceeds will support Baby Buggy a non-profit service that collects and distributes new and gently used baby gear and clothing to families in need throughout the greater New York area. With Gold Card Events, you can reserve seats to this one-time exclusive event!Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center Monday, February 13 at 7:30PM $500 (front mezzanine seating, center view) $350 (balcony, front view) $250 (balcony, side view) Tickets on sale Thursday, January 26 at 10AM To order, call 212-721-6500 Mention GOLD CARD EVENTS when ordering Box office hours: 10AM - 9PM daily Limited to 4 reservations per Card member Please note: These seats do not conform to Gold Card Events' regular preferred seating profile.

And so THE question of the day is 'Will Anderson make it back to the studio for 360 tonight'? I'm trying to prepare for an Anderless Monday, but he could be planning to do both. Which leads me to my fantasy(actually one of several Anderfantasies). If the traffic Gods would cooperate and keep Anderson stuck in traffic until the last minute maybe he'd be forced to do 360 in his tux? Now that's what I want for Valentine's Day, please Mr. Cooper.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Great way to end the week from New Orleans

screencaps courtesy of bcfraggle









I've been feeling a little under the weather today and tonight's 360 was the perfect medicine. Quick paced, interesting, and right on the money. Thank you Anderson Cooper and CNN. I liked Lisa's suggestion on the Anderson Cooper Corner blog. If you took the time to email CNN this week to tell them what was wrong with 360, please take time now to tell them that they got it right tonight. 360 feedback Have a great weekend and don't forget to check back Sunday for episode 4 of The Anderchronicles.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Eventually Life Comes Full Circle


A few weeks ago I was raked over the coals, by some fellow Anderfans, for quoting their comments, posted on Live Journal's Anderload community, in my blog. They were fairly indignant because I used their very funny, very insightful comments about Anderson. The source of their anger was not that I had misquoted them, not that I hadn't credited them correctly, but that I hadn't asked them first. And it was fairly obvious to me that their intention was to embarrass me publicly, since they had access to my email address, but chose to confront me on Anderloads. This bothered me a great deal because I didn't realize I had violated any written or unwritten rules of the internet or the community. So I began to do some research and ask questions. I questioned my son-in-law who is a computer network manager, my friend who is a judge, my son who was web designer and several other very experienced internet users. Without exception, all said don't post anything on the internet that you want to keep private. I felt somewhat vindicated with this knowledge, but it still continued to bother me.
Well life always comes full circle and today I was quoted, without permission, by Harry Shearer at Adrianna Huffington's 'The Huffington Post'. Do I feel outraged that he should have asked me first, no? Would I rather he hadn't used my words to try to embarrass or poke fun at Anderson Cooper, of course I do. But I'd be the 'pot calling the kettle black' if I said he didn't have the right to use my words to support his argument. What I do have issue with is that he must not have read a word of what I wrote, because if he had he would have realized that I was not criticizing Anderson Cooper but CNN. I feel CNN is sucking the snark, the emotion, the fun out of 360 and replacing it with a" robotic anchor" one in the mold of network anchors that Anderson has always dreaded becoming. I admire Anderson Cooper more than I can possibly explain without sounding like a love struck fangirl. Through him, I have meet a group of internet friends, fellow Anderholics, who have supported me through some difficult times in my private life. People who admire Anderson Cooper and all that he stands for. People who know Anderson as a man who will drop everything to lend a hand when someone is in need. I know this first hand, Anderson responded to my request to call a fan who is battling cancer (and did so within minutes of receiving my email request). He provided this fan with enough joy and happy memories to see her through some difficult treatments. Of course details like this would never be included in Mr. Shearer's writings. He wouldn't know a class act if it bit him in the ass, and oh I wish one would!
I know my little blog isn't even a blip on Anderson Cooper's radar, but I know Adrianna Huffington's is. And I find it unacceptable that my words were slung at Anderson Cooper in an effort to discredit and embarrass him. Mr. Cooper I apologize.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A Beautiful Andervideo



Gennia at has created the most beautiful video using some of Anderson's footage from Africa and New Orleans. Thank you Gennia.



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I'm losing my bliss.

Having surfed the Anderworld this morning I'm sorry to see that I'm not the only one who is sensing a shift in it's Tectonic Plates (ok, that's a stretch but give me a break, I'm losing my bliss). What is my bliss, well since I'm losing it, past tense is more appropriate, what was my bliss? My bliss was settling down, after a long, productive day, with a tall drink, a warm blanket, a quiet house, in front of a big screen television to watch that day's world events presented to me a handsome, snarky, caring newsman. A newsman who stopped covering Natalie Holloway because nothing new was developing, while everyone else was flying to Aruba. A newsman who wasn't afraid to share his soul, his personal demons, to make me understand a story through his eyes. A newsman who didn't edit out the tears when he was overwhelmed at the history he was witnessing. Well, most of that seems to be gone now. Edited away by a network determined to make the newsman into the robotic anchor that he always scorned. Night after night it seems we hear variations of the same stories. I see so little of what first drew me to your coverage. If this is the new 360 then you need to update your webpage. It still thinks the show is 'ANDERSON COOPER 360°".. a fast-moving, surprising and provocative alternative to the typical network evening newscast.' Unfortunately it's not. The humor, the irreverence, the ability to inform AND entertain, that's what's gone and with it my bliss.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Story Untold

Tonight's writing is purely personal and doesn't directly involve Mr. Cooper, so if you're only here for the Anderbliss, sorry, tonight is not the night.

I've always gone against type. Believe it or not, within one year I went from society debutante (white gown, long kid gloves, daddies arm, 5 studly escorts, you get the picture?) to war protester in grimy jeans with hippy hair and granny glasses. My college claim to fame was being tear gassed in front of the NRA in Washington, DC. (And for those of you who have never experienced tear gas, let me tell you it's something you never forget.) The irony is I'm married to a proud NRA card carrying man! And much to his chagrin, I still bring up the tear gas protest incident occasionally. Anyway, I digress, as usual.

I watched the media coverage today of the funeral for Mrs. Coretta King and found it quite moving. I wondered if her life had not crossed paths with that of Dr. King would her passing have been so memorialized? We'll never know. My point being, in Mrs. King's day a woman became who she married. I'm not saying Mrs. King didn't have a message of her own, I'm only saying her message might not have been heard had it not been for the man that she married.
There was another death of an influential women this weekend that didn't get much press. A strong woman who admittedly didn't have Mrs. Kings grace or tolerance, but a women that probably had a much greater influence on my life than Mrs. King did. Actually, she changed most everyone's lives under the age of 50, but her passing was barely a blip on the media's radar. I'm talking about Betty Friedan, who died on Saturday, at the age of 85.
Ms. Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique, helped women find the way to their own identities, one that could be untangled from that of her husbands. There is so much more to what she shared, but the basic premise that resonated in me was I could marry, have a family and not lose myself in my husband's identity, as my mother's generation had. This knowledge freed my soul to dream. To know when I found the right man I could still hate wars even if he didn't. I could still vote Democratic, even if he was a Republican. And I could still get tear gassed in front of the Washington, DC NRA even if he was a card carrying NRA member. That's what Betty Friedan met to me and thank God her writings will remain for generations to come.
Why her footprint wasn't large enough to merit a mention on AC 360 I don't know, but it should have, it really should have.

Monday's show

I was taught that if I didn't have anything nice to say then to say nothing at all. I rarely follow this advice, but tonight I will. Well almost. Hated the show, hated the shirt, hated that no mention was made of Betty Friedan's death. So now I'll move on and hope for a better 360 tomorrow.

This came to my attention today from NYTipster

http://www.filmyourissue.org/

Seems our Anderson has been selected to be one of the judges of short 'issue films' at the Park City, Utah film festival in January 2007. He's in good company on the panel, George Clooney, just to name one. Now there is something that could keep my mind occupied for quite a while. Sitting in a dark theater with George and Anderson. Think I'll say 'Goodnight and Goodluck', until tomorrow.

Monday, February 06, 2006

HAPPY MONDAY!




HAPPY MONDAY! I know you must be relieved that the Super Bowl is over and I will now stop talking about the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers for a full 6 months. Thank you for all your support and good wishes. To show my appreciation I want to make your Monday as happy as mine, so what better way than some Anderpics?







Screencaps by bcfraggle, black tux picture by Alyssa Scheinson












With much sadness, I report the passing of Betty Friedan. A woman who helped other women find the way to their own identities.







“Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.” Betty Friedan

Friday, February 03, 2006

GO PITTSBURGH STEELERS!

This brought my Steelers good luck the first time I blogged it so I'm just superstitious enough to post it again. Enjoy the Super Bowl and Go Steelers!
thanks Lisa
Bet you guys didn't realize that Anderson has become a very big football fan this season? I know, Aaron used to tease him about the fact that he didn't read the sports page or have even an elementary knowledge of sports. Can you imagine, a man with his background as coxswain of Yale's rowing team not loving sports? Well, it was only a matter of time until he came around from the dark side and it's finally happened. I couldn't be happier that he's jumped on the Steelers bandwagon.

I'll always be a Pittsburgh girl no matter where I live. If you aren't lucky enough to know what a Pittsburgh girl is read and enjoy.

A Pittsburgh girl knows just as much about football as her guy friends, in some cases, even more. She drinks beer because it tastes good, but knows when to be classy and drink something more sophisticated. She owns a Steeler jersey, not just because it's cute, but because she supports her team and understands the game. She loves Kennywood. And she isn't afraid to order meat, French fries, tomatoes and coleslaw all stuffed into a Italian bread sandwich from Primanti Brothers because, let's face it...Pittsburgh girls wear winter coats and scarves a lot more than bikinis and flip flops. A Pittsburgh girl loves St. Patrick's Day, even if she's not Irish, because green beer is good for the soul. Pittsburgh girls don't have a funny accent. They just speak a different language.The word yinz is dear to her heart, even if she would never say it herself. A Pittsburgh girl bleeds black and gold and knows how to have a great time. She's stylish and sweet. She has a great education and loves her friends and family. A Pittsburgh girl goes to church on Sunday hung over, only to be let out early because the Steelers kick off is at one. A Pittsburgh girl might not live by the beach, but the Three Rivers are just as good! She has seen all four seasons and has a reason to love and hate each of them. She's the type of girl you can call late at night and spill your heart out to. She's the type you can take home to Mom and Dad without worrying they won't like her. Because everyone loves a Pittsburgh girl. If you need a girl to take to the game, she'll be there. If you need a friend to help you out, she's there. If you need a drinking buddy, she'll be there with her IC Light in hand.

You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh, but you can never take the Pittsburgh out of the girl!


Anderson Cooper is for sale on Ebay!

Have you ever checked out what's for sale on eBay by Anderfans? Here's just a small sampling of products.






Anderson Cooper License Plate Frame




Anderson Cooper Tee Shirts











Anderson Cooper Pillowcase
Anderson Cooper Refrigerator Magnet





key chains




autographed pictures



photo clippings from magazine articles




posters, art and so much more.