Monday, December 31, 2007

Spend New Year's Eve with AC and ATA!


Welcome to the end of 2007! Or, to be more glass-half-full, the start of 2008! And if your glass is only half full, let's top it up and get this party started!

Since Mr. Cooper won't be joining us for another hour, I thought I'd post some short clips from years past. This first one is from NYE 2005, around 10:45pm ET. Carol Lin throws to Anderson for a preview of the festivities:

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And here is the start of the show from last year, NYE 2006:

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Around 11:35pm ET last year, a shot of Anderson's "perch" high above the crowd:

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I'll be posting some screengrabs from the festivities around the world as CNN showed them off today, and of course once the show starts, more from there. And adding your comments as fast as those fingers can fly. (Warning: all typos tonight will be blamed on alcohol consumption!)

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Here's Anderson from Newsroom this afternoon:


And at the start of the show:


And here is John Zarella with Sushi!


"Made you look!"
And here is midnight East Coast...


The Drag Queen Drop!!!

Anderson signs off...

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Can you believe that we’ve reached the last day of 2007? Anderson will be bringing in the new year once again from Times Square. The New Year’s Eve Special starts at 11pm ET on CNN.

The Times Square Alliance website has a schedule of events for New Year’s Eve and its listing that Anderson will be doing an hourly countdown starting at 10pm ET (at least for those of you who will be at Times Square.)

9:58 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear on the Countdown Stage to say “Happy New Year”, and lead the Times Square revelers in counting down to the end of each hour as a fifteen second video countdown is displayed on the giant Panasonic screens accompanied by special sound effects.


This is a great website if you want to brush up on your New Year’s Eve from Times Square trivia. You know that Anderson will have all sorts of trivia for the NYE broadcast. Did you know that there’s a new New Year's Ball? This is the 100th anniversary of the dropping of the ball. The new and improved ball has 672 crystal triangles and is more than twice as bright as the old one.


Of course, this isn’t the first year that Anderson has been the host of the New Year’s Eve special. Below is a clip from the CNN All Access podcast of the behind the scenes from last year’s program.

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What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? We’re having a party and you’re invited! If you’re going to be watching Anderson, why don’t you join us here, too? We’ll be running a live chat starting at 10pm ET. Cyn will be your moderator for the evening and will be posting comments in real time to tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve post.


One last treat for 2007- a new puzzle. This is one of my favorite pictures of Anderson from New Year’s Eve past.





I hope you all have a Happy New Year – see you in 2008! ~Book Asylum

Saturday, December 29, 2007

I iz confused?!


What was the deal tonight?! I was all ready to do my first blog post of an actual AC360 show and there is no AC360 show. Apparently, someone didn't tell the CNN.com staff nor the person responsible for the CNN TV ads that their wasn't going to be an AC360 special tonight. When I got home tonight and saw Nick on at 8PM I revved up my laptop to check the CNN program schedule. It still showed AC360 at 8PM and the repeat at 10PM. Even the main CNN.com page had Nick's special advertised as 9PM. I kept flipping back and forth between the Patriots/Giants game and CNN hoping to see that all familiar gray mop.

I'm sure there was a logical reason for no show but at least change the website or quit running the ads! Of course, I'm still trying to figure out why Anderson took a 16 hour plane ride around the world to do a one hour show where 90% of the interviews were by satellite. I guess it was a knee-jerk reaction of "let's take a risk and get Anderson on the ground. If there is a post-assassination story, then Anderson will get the exclusives."

Even if we didn't get to see Anderson tonight, he did put his two cents regarding Pakistan back in 2004 in this Nth Degree:




Stretch Armstrong and Pakistan. What a combo. I looked up ole Stretch on Wikipedia and he was introduced in 1976. Hmm....Anderson would have been 9 years old that year. Whatcha wanna bet he asked for Stretch for his birthday or Christmas that year.





Well, it is the end of another year and everyone is looking back to the year that was 2007. Here is Jib Jab's take on 2007 to the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel.



Don't forget. If you are going to be around your computer NYE, stop on by ATA and join us for the live blog chat Cyn is hosting.


Have a Happy New Year! See ya in 2008!

No Answers....Just Questions from Pakistan


Good evening everyone. Hope you are doing well. I must say this week has been extremely busy for me with Christmas and Boxing Day. Last Friday after I blogged I was in a strange spot because I was wondering what I was possibly going to blog about. Anderson was supposed to be on vacation and I was going to have a nice blog post ready long before 360 would have been on. Well, plans change and because of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the unrest in Pakistan, Anderson came back from vacation to report live from Pakistan so here we go. There is a lot of information and like Anderson said tonight, “today raised more questions then answers” so tonight I am going to briefly go through the main points of the program.


Tonight program had Anderson live from Karachi, Pakistan. If you had a chance to read Anderson’s blog post you know this is Anderson's first trip to Karachi. I have kept a list of all of Anderson’s travels for work this year and before this week I thought my list was done for the year but you would think I would know better by now. In 2007, Anderson has travelled to 29 different cities and countries to cover stories for 360 and 60 Minutes.


*The Pakistani government released a video today showing the last moments of Benazir Bhutto’s life. The video is very intense and from the looks of it, it would seem that Ms. Bhutto either died from gunshot wounds or shrapnel from the bomb but today the interior ministry of Pakistan said that Ms. Bhutto actually died from a fractured skull she got from hitting her head on a lever on the sunroof of her car. Now I am not saying that is not possible but it just seems rather odd to me. It surely seems as through they are trying to take the title of martyr away from Benazir Bhutto.



*Anderson spoke with Peter Bergen who is in Pakistan with Anderson as well as with Nic Robertson who has been in Switzerland today. They spoke of the Al Qaeda link to this assassination. The Pakistani government believe that Baituallah Mehsud is responsible for planning the death of Bhutto.


*David Mattingly did a report about the video that was released showing the last moments of Ms. Bhutto’s life. David spoke with CNN security analyst Mike Brooks. The video is scary to watch. You can see how close the gunman was able to get to Bhutto.



*Ed Henry reported on the relationship between the Bush administration and the government of Pakistan.


*Anderson spoke with Peter and Reza Aslan about the relationship of America and Pakistan. They also spoke about what will happen with Ms. Bhutto’s political party. Reza made an interesting point that in Pakistan it is more about personality with their leaders and that there is not anyone who at this point can really stand in the place of Ms. Bhutto.


*Anderson spoke with John Edwards about the current foreign relations crisis and his conversation with President Musharraf and also showed a clip of Hillary Clinton from earlier in the day on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.



*Anderson spoke with Candy Crowley and Time magazine’s Mark Halperin
about the campaign and Mike Huckabee’s comments about illegal Pakistanis in the States. Honestly I can see it happening along with the Chinese and the Filipinos as Anderson mentioned. If you have ever been to Toronto, you would see every nationality possible here and it is not even a hop, skip and jump to the States from here. So I can see all those nationalities having high numbers in the States and that’s all I really have to say about that.

*Anderson and Peter ended the show by discussing the effects of assassinations in the region. There was a cute moment between Anderson and Peter when Anderson was talking about Peter’s book. After 16 hours of travel I am surprised Anderson even remembers his name.


Well there was some good news tonight after all this depressing news. Anderson confirmed he will be back in New York for New Years Eve this Monday night. The man never sleeps but no one can say he does not give 110%.

Program Note:

Today on Your World Today it was announced that Anderson would be doing a special 360 from Pakistan on Saturday night at 10PM (thanks Cyn for the cap)


I have heard things around the internet saying that Anderson is actually going to be on tomorrow night at 8PM so be sure to check out CNN tomorrow night at 8PM and 10PM to check out more Anderson from Pakistan before he heads back to New York. Programming is always subject to change but hopefully we will get weekend Anderson.

Well that is it for me for 2007. Peace out and I will be back in 2008!!! ~ Sapphire

Friday, December 28, 2007

Benazir Bhutto's Assassination

The last week in December is supposed to be a slow news week, but with the Iowa caucuses only days away, we knew that this year, things were going to be different. The assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto has turned this into an international breaking news week.



Much of tonight’s AC360 appeared to be recorded earlier in the day with both Anderson and John King. Anderson was in New York today and spoke with Peter Bergen and Wolf Blitzer in the studio. Earlier this year, Wolf Blitzer had interviewed Benazir Bhutto in the Situation Room and we found out today that she had emailed Wolf through her US spokesman back in October that stated that if anything happened to her she would hold President Musharraf responsible.

The pictures that John Moore of Getty Images took of Benazir Bhutto’s final moments and the chaos that followed her assassination were incredible. Journalists always amaze me with their ability to focus on capturing the moment even during the worst possible situations.



John King provided the 360 Bulletin and also talked live with Shahan Mufti of the Christian Science Monitor who was in Pakistan.



Anderson talked with Ed Henry who reported on the President’s reaction to the situation in Pakistan. With Presidential election campaigning going full throttle these days, Bhutto’s death was bound to have an impact. Candy Crowley had the Raw Politics from the campaign trail. Anderson was even able to get Mitt Romney and John McCain to talk about how they would respond to this if they were President. The importance of foreign policy has been a recurring theme during this election cycle and the flip remark that Romney gave Anderson on the subject left me shaking my head.

COOPER: So foreign policy experience, per se, is not essential, just experience?

ROMNEY: Well, if -- if foreign policy experience were the measure for selecting a president, we'd just go to the State Department and pick up one of the thousands and thousands of people who've spent their whole life in foreign policy, and frankly, becoming a United States senator does not make one a foreign policy expert, either.

I admit there was more to the discussion than the above remark, but this is the sound bite that really stood out.


The second hour of AC360 was preempted with Nic Robertson’s Special Investigation Unit’s Pakistan: Terror Central.


Tomorrow, Anderson will be reporting from Pakistan tomorrow night to cover the funeral of Benazir Bhutto.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Anderson Cooper 360 -- Year in review

Newsflash: Due to breaking news coverage of the assasination of Benazir Bhutto, Anderson Cooper has cut his vacation short and is heading back to work. Not sure where he'll be reporting from. Stay tuned...

Last year I sat down to summarize Anderson Cooper's year in one post. It was a very difficult task to say the least. Well, if I thought last year was bad, this year was even more difficult. From Anderson's journeys all over the globe for Planet in Peril to his many 60 Minutes reports, Anderson kept the ATA bloggers on our toes! Frankly, I'm exhausted just recalling all of his accomplishments!

January
-First trip of the year – Washington D.C. for Nancy Pelosi’s momentous occasion

-Back to Washington for the “New Plan for Iraq” The Surge…

-Next day in NOLA – First time Anderson meets Herbert Getridge

-Our Leigh Penney won the AC360 Contest!

-Back yet again to DC for the State of the Union Address

-Anderson ended the month with a trip to the Center for the Interpid in San Antonio, Texas

February
-Anderson went to Lake Mary, Florida to cover devastating tornado

-Back to NYC for Fashion Week

-We were all stumped by a couple of reports I found of Anderson in Las Vegas, in racing gear with Simon Cowell and Mario Andretti. How weird was that when we first found out. Some of you even thought it was a Photoshop hoax. I don’t blame you! But low and behold, we soon found out why!

-2nd trip to NOLA - Murder City USA 24 Hours in New Orleans and a second visit with Herbert Getridge

-The March issue of Men’s Journal hit newsstands everywhere. Po Bronson wrote a fabulous article about Anderson. I happen to think it was better than the Vanity Fair article.

-On February 12th, we heard rumblings about an ambitious trip around the world to discover our Planet in Peril. Hmm, what the heck was this all about? Ah, the skeptics saw the bits and pieces reports that we got from time to time on AC360 as the whole documentary but I knew in my heart that there had to be more. And more was an understatement!

-PIP Trip #1 – Anderson and Jeff in Brazil. Oh our poor Anderson. Not only does our man not like frogs. He hates bugs and bats too! But darn those sloths and manatees are cute!

-Anderson’s first 60 Minutes piece of 2007 aired on February 18th. The segment featured country music sensation Kenny Chesney. I don’t know much about Mr. Chesney and by all reports he’s a nice guy. I don’t like how CBS billed this one but it was a fun report to watch. Still can’t get over Anderson in a box in the middle of a football stadium. Isn’t that man claustrophobic?

-Out to LA for the Oscars – boy didn’t he look dashing? And with Daniel Craig nonetheless? Goodness…

-And while in LA, Anderson sat down with Walter Cronkite at the University of Judaism. I was thrilled to read how complimentary Mr. Cronkite was of Anderson. How cool is that? Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite, the two biggest names in journalism in the 20th Century respect Anderson Cooper’s work. That has to make him feel good!

-Ah, the Anna-Nicole Smith drama and the Astronaut love triangle stories overtook 360 far too many nights for my liking this month. It was the first of many roller coaster rides AC360 took this year.

March
-March started off with Anderson visiting Conan O’Brien. Ah, Anderson’s camel ride and the falling sloth!

-Thomas Roberts told his painful story to Anderson Cooper in a special call Sins of the Father. I must say that Headline News was ridiculous to let Thomas Roberts go. I really do miss him. I just think that he is too good to be an entertainment reporter.

-Anderson filled in for Regis Philbin for two days in March while Regis was recovering from his bypass surgery. I am so glad that everything went so well for Regis this year.

-And low and behold, we finally found out why our Mr. Cooper was all dressed up in racing gear! Anderson and Simon Cowell did a test run on an Indy track in LasVegas as a part of Anderson’s 60 Minutes piece chronicling the rise of Simon Cowell. I have to say that I really loved this segment! It must have been a blast for Anderson!

-Leigh Penney finally got to visit the AC360 set and had a wonderful time! We thank her for sharing her special day with us here at ATA! I squeed all over again reading her recap tonight! Lucky girl!

-Hey, our first ATA Q&A session happened in March as well! We were so excited that John Roberts stopped by our humble blog to answer our questions! John seems like a great guy and I can’t tell you how thrilled we were to work with him!

-PIP Trip #2 – Cambodia and Thailand. These reports with Jeff Corwin were eye-opening. I really didn’t know that animal trafficking was such a problem in these countries. SO sad how humans treat animals. And the reports of human trafficking were equally as disturbing. But some really cute moments happened during that trip too. Can you say elephant love? And the bears! And poor Jeff! I still cannot believe that the elephant didn’t break his arm!

April
-April began with Anderson’s first vacation of the year. It was only April and he had been all over the world. He needed some downtime for sure!

-Our sister blog, All Things CNN was born!

-Oh good Lord, the Imus saga began…Between Imus and Anna Nicole, there was little room for real news. Not the last time this would occur on AC360! Our Ms. Phebe even thought of developing a drinking game!

-The AC360 Podcast was born!

-Anderson Cooper took his team back to NOLA only to waste our time and NOLA’s time talking about what else? Anna Nicole and Imus. Not one of his better nights in my opinion!

-Anderson Cooper and his crew were off to Afghanistan to do a special week of programming on the “forgotten war.”

-On Monday, April 16, 2007, the worst school shooting in US history occurred on the Virginia Tech campus. This tragedy forced Anderson and his team to come home and report from Virginia Tech’s campus.

-Anderson’s third 60 Minutes report of 2007 aired in April. Stop Snitching was a well done report about an urban unwritten rule. AC360 also showed the report and dug deeper into the issue.

-Anderson spent the last day in April in Los Angeles.

May
-Anderson started the month of May in Los Angeles covering the Immigration rally.

-Anderson and Ryan Seacrest hosted a Salute to Larry King and Pop Culture

-Anderson guest hosted on Regis & Kelly

-The 74 year old trucker who thinks she may have a Jackson Pollack on her hands was the focus of a fun 60 Minutes report this month. Lord, Anderson’s kicking these reports out like nobody’s business!

-Dispatches from the Edge came out in paperback. Hudson Booksellers sent Anderfans into a frenzy when they announced a special DVD edition would be sold our their stores! Everyone scrambled to get their copy! Anderson also did a couple of book signings in NYC, Miami and Atlanta. We received wonderful reports from each of the signings.

-The one lecture I really wanted to attend was held at the Museum of Radio & Television in New York City. Sadly I did not get the opportunity but I heard it was fabulous!

-Anderson’s fifth 60 Minutes report regarding hospital’s horrific treatment of homeless patients aired.

-Greenland was no match for our Mr. Cooper! But you know, I really did not need to know my sexy anchorman spent 5 days in the same clothes and didn’t brush his teeth either! Oh, Anderson!

-It took me all year but I’m sensing a trend. End of the month means Anderson reports from a new city! Chicago was his place of choice this time. Crime was the issue.

June
-Anderson spent his 40th birthday in New Hampshire covering the Democratic debate.

-Then back to New Hampshire for the Republican debate.

-She Who Shall Not Be Named – nuff said!

-Anderson returned to New Orleans for a check up on the city’s levees.

-Anderson hosted the first annual Gordon Parks Foundation Dinner in New York City.

July
-Anderson Cooper 360 gets an updated webpage.

-Sun Valley, Idaho was the hotspot for journalists in the biz and of course our Mr. Cooper was there!

-Our second Q&A session was with Mr. Raw Politics, Tom Foreman! I really do enjoy Tom Foreman on AC360! His answers and special photographs really made this Q&A special!

-PIP Trip #3 – Yellowstone Park. This segment was one of my favorite parts of Planet in Peril!

-A trip out to LA for the TCA Press Tour where Jon Klein’s Planet In Peril vision was unveiled. Anderson also sat down with Ryan Seacrest on this visit out to LA.

-Next, Anderson traveled to New Orleans to hang with Senator John Edwards.

-On July 23rd, CNN and YouTube partnered for the first debate featuring questions submitted by the people. The debate was held at The Citadel in South Carolina. It was a unique format which I thoroughly enjoyed. Anderson Cooper did a wonderful job as moderator!

-And of course, we end the month in where else? Los Angeles!

August
-The month of August started out on a tragic note. While Anderson was in Los Angeles, a bridge collapsed in Minneapolis. Anderson hopped on a plane to cover the story. In my opinion, he is the best in the business at covering breaking news.

-It was rather strange to then flip on Jay Leno that night and watch a light-hearted interview with Anderson Cooper discussing premature ejaculation!

-Anderson covered the Utah Miners saga from New York City. He was on the air for over 4 hours long and again he covered the unfolding tragedy with grace and respect.

-Then Anderson paid another visit to New Orleans. This time he was there doing some work for the upcoming Katrina Anniversary special.

-Erica Hill was kind enough to participate in a Q&A session with our readers at ATA. I really love Erica. She is a wonderful compliment to AC360!

-And of course, August ended with Anderson Cooper’s Katrina Anniversary special. Anderson flew out to Chicago to pay a visit to Oprah for her special and then flew to New Orleans for his own.

September
-September began with another guest host spot for Anderson on Regis & Kelly. This one was the comic relief in an otherwise grueling week for me!

-Special Investigations Unit – Narco State premiered

-During the week of September 11th, Anderson Cooper and his team made the trip I had been dreading all year long. A special week of AC360 aired from Iraq. The week was filled with interesting reports from Anderson, Michael Ware, Gary Tuchman and more.

-From great reporting to an overdose of OJ in one week! Another AC360 roller coaster ride!

-Anderson emceed the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Enduring Vision Benefit

-Bill Clinton’s Global Initiatives conference was held in NYC in September and Anderson was tapped to moderate a session. If you haven’t seen it, you must!

October
-October can be summed up in three little words: Planet In Peril. I think Anderson Cooper traveled from one end of the country to the other showing up on various talk shows, blogs and newspapers doing countless interviews as well as hosting bi-coastal premiere parties and sneak peaks at the Apple Store in SoHo. It was a publicity extravaganza to introduce the world to the monster documentary!

-Anderson's 60 Minutes report on Plumpynut aired this month.

-Anderson finally made his debut on Sesame Street!

I am happy to report that Planet in Peril did not disappoint! The two-night premiere coincidentally occurred during the California Wildfires which Anderson reported on from San Diego. Does this man ever rest???

November
-November started a bit slow but who could blame AC360? After you travel the globe for a documentary as large as PIP, there tends to be some down time afterward!

-Anderson made his way out to Los Angeles again. This time he gave a talk at Claremont McKenna College

-Awakenings, Anderson’s report for 60 Minutes aired on November 25th.

-Okay, I really enjoyed Anderson’s first visit with Ellen Degeneres! I’m not sure why the interview happened but I hope he sits down with her again soon!

-The CNN/YouTube Republican debates took place on November 28th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Once again, Anderson did a terrific job as moderator. Can’t say I enjoyed anything else about the night!

-And to cap of November, Anderson traveled back to New Hampshire to spend the day campaigning with Mike Huckabee. As they say, the best laid plans and all. A hostage situation occurred at the nearby campaign headquarters of Hillary Clinton and Anderson headed over to cover the breaking story!

December
-John King was our last victim, er, guest for our Q&A sessions! John’s answers were adorable as well as thorough!

-CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute took place this month. Anderson and Christiane Amanpour hosted this moving ceremony.

-Anderson’s final and long-awaited 60 Minutes report from the Congo aired on December 9th. This report was by far the best report Anderson has produced all year!

-We got to hear Anderson imitate a bunch of drunk party girls during his final guest spot on Regis & Kelly! What a morning!

-And of course, we still have New Years Eve to look forward to! I wont be able to watch it live but I’ll definitely be setting my DVR!


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Well, ladies and gentlemen, thanks for sticking with me through this recap of a very long and exciting year for our favorite anchor! Anderson Cooper continues to prove year after year that he is the real deal!

I’d like to thank you all for getting me through what has been one of the toughest years of my adult life. Every day I’m amazed by our wonderful and intelligent readers and commenters! Thank you for making me laugh, letting me rant and getting me through the tears!

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year! ~Sheryn

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

...and to all a Good Night!

Well, hopefully by now everyone has opened their presents (and got what they wanted!) and tucked into some great Christmas dinner... Just a quick look back at how John King spent Sunday and Monday: wishing the candidates would shut up already, so he could get some shopping done!


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I don't know how anyone could have watched the special "Rescuing Youssif" without choking up... To see that little boy suffering as he has, to watch his parents' anguish at putting him through the multiple surgeries needed to try to fix some of the damage done, and then to see him smile again despite the remaining scars is just so wrenching. His story runs the gamut from the worst of human nature to the best. If you haven't seen the special, it is worth checking for a replay. CNN viewers did something wonderful with this story, and hopefully Youssif and his family will find a happy ending some day.

This morning, John Roberts spoke with Arwa Damon about the story she first brought to us back in August:

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We're gearing up for the New Year's Eve party with Anderson in Times Square, and our thanks to Aruna for sending us a link to this clip of Anderson talking about about his favorite NYE memory...


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Enjoy your after-Christmas-sales shopping, and we'll see you back here tonight for 360!

Merry Christmas


Funny how traditions come into being. On All Things Anderson's first Christmas
post Phebe rewrote a Christmas classic, giving it an Andertwist. The next year
Quitty found an AC360 Nth degree, from 2003, with Anderson Cooper reading
his version of the same poem. It has become a tradition, here at ATA, to repost
both versions every Christmas .

We also would like to send along our sincere wishes for a very Merry Christmas
for you and your loved ones.
~Phebe, Quitty, Sheryn, Book Asylum, Sapphire and Cyn

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Phebe

with acknowledgment to Clement Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the loft,
not a creature was stirring, 'twas all quiet and soft.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

Anderfans were nestled at home, in their beds,
while visions of Anderson danced in their heads.
And Andy in his PJ's with Molly on his lap
had just settled in for a long winter's nap.

When outside the loft there arose such a clatter,
Andy sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Thinking a news story was about to be broken,
He knew what to do, no words need be spoken.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave just enough light to broadcast a show,
he'd need a film crew, there must be a way,
But wait, what was that, a miniature sleigh?

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
Andy thought for a moment it must be St. Nick.
But he knew he was wrong the closer they came,
Who was that whistling and shouting out names?
"Now Miles! Now Larry! Now, Erica you vixen!
On, Rob! On, Chad! On Sanjay, Wolf Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
Anderson knew what to do from watching the sky
so up to his penthouse the coursers they flew,
with the sleigh full of toys, and oh my God, Aaron Brown, too!

And then, in a twinkling, Andy heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As he drew in his head and was turning around,
down the chimney Aaron came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of resumes he had flung on his back,
and he looked like an unemployed newscaster just opening his sack.

His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
Aaron asked if newspaper headlines were still being read ,
AC said no, that and Nth degree are gone, buried, dead.
The bump music has changed, as have the sets,
Aaron smiled and said "All is good, I've no regrets".

My golf game is aces since I've been put on the shelf,
and Andy laughed when Aaron said that, in spite of himself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Let Anderson know he had nothing to dread.

Aaron said with a sigh "I'm still out of work,
but don't you feel bad, it's Klein that's a jerk."
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"