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The cover picture from Sunday's USA Weekend:
Beads & Bookmarks?
This from a group of SMU students:
As our first day comes to a close, we sit in our hotel room feeling a huge mix of emotions: exhausted (from being up since 3 am), excited, inspired, curious and motivated. One of our most exciting moments of the day occurred after the CNN Express bus pulled up right outside our hotel. Obviously, we jumped at the chance to get a closer look and were invited in by the friendly bus driver Dale. He gave us the grand tour which included a 42 inch retractable television and 11 other small televisions, the private bathroom, technical control room (with a $25,000 camera lying out) and camera supply closet. Unfortunately, we just missed Anderson Cooper but came off the bus with some pretty cool Anderson Cooper CNN beads and a book mark. As we walked along the streets later that night, we continued to see news vans and camera crews scattered everywhere either prepping for the nightly news live shot or wrapping up for the day. We of course had to make a pit-stop at Café du Monde on our way back for some world famous beignets- so delicious! But after going for 18 hours straight, there’s nothing that sounds better right now than crawling into a warm bed. We’re excited for everything we have planned tomorrow including a trip to the 9th ward (and a possible Brad Pitt sighting?!?) so stay tuned for more coverage tomorrow!
We revisited K.J.'s blog, he's the lucky guy, doing good work in NOLA, who met Anderson last week. On Friday night he had another opportunity to meet AC and Cooper told him he had read his blog post about their meeting. Here's K.J.'s account:
Okay, I'm still riding on a high after meeting Anderson Cooper on Thursday. On Friday, knowing that none of my team wanted to working at the parking lot, I decided to run it all day. Even in the rain, I sat under the tent until my team came to pick me up. It wasn't that bad though. Friday evening, he was coming back to the actual work site where we were working in order to film so several members of my team stayed back while the rest went home. Originally, I was going to stay at home but I ended up going back. While filming is taking place, I saw Katie standing over by where AC was filming so I decided to join her. Call me a creeper, even though I'm not. We were just talking and he looks over and says hi. He then tells me that he read my blog. In total disbelief! I was like, "my blog" and he was like, "Yes, your blog. Someone sent me the link and I read it". I was absolutely floored. And probably blushing. I mean, I know it's not a big deal or anything but when someone as huge as Anderson Cooper says that he read your personal blog, you get excited. I thought that was very nice of him to read it.