Kudos to Sheryn for finding a summary and pics of Anderson's visit to SMU. You can read the full summary HERE but below is one of the questions I found interesting.
What journalists did you look up to as you were coming up through the business?
I went to high school with Tom Brokaw’s kids. In 1991 when the U.S. was restoring Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in Haiti, two days before the invasion I took a bus from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. On the bus was Tom Brokaw with a bunch of thugs for security. It was the weirdest bus ride. I was working for Channel One and I was by myself. I’d left my producer back at the border because he was dehydrated.
We arrived in Port-au-Prince at midnight. We can hear gunfire in the background. When the bus stops, the bus driver throws my suitcase off the top of the bus and it lands in a pile of human excrement. Brokaw has a car waiting there. When he asks where I am staying. I replied with my voice cracking, “I don’t know. I really have no idea what I am going to do,” thinking I know his kids and he’ll say “No problem, we have extra rooms at the big fancy hotel where we’re staying. Come and stay with us.”
Instead he says, “Well, I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
In retrospect, I’m glad he said that. I did figure it out.
Tis the Season...
How many of you went shopping today? Me?! Every black Friday I stay far, far away from any retail store. The post office was the extent of my venturing out today. Although, I have been doing a little cyber shopping this week. On my last trip, I ripped my backpack and decided to ask for a new one for Christmas. I didn't know shopping for a backpack could be so complicated. What size? What color? Do I need wheels? How much does it weigh? Is it too big to be a carry-on?
Well, I still haven't found a new backpack for me but I did find a new duffle bag for Anderson. After seeing the pathetic looking bag he took to Lebanon I thought he needed to get a new one. The one I found for him is called the "Load Warrior" from Eagle Creek and it is small enough to be a carry-on and it has wheels. Anderson has admitted in the past to having back problems so being able to pull his duffle bag behind him would definitely save his back and would be a much more attractive piece of luggage to carry around since he seems partial to duffles.