When in Los Angeles last week for the Television Critics Association conference, Anderson took questions from the audience. Below are videos (from Anderson's YouTube page) of two of the questions asked and Anderson's replies ~
The first question asked how social media would be used on the talk show ~
The second question dealt with interesting dinner guests Anderson encountered while growing up ~
From Time.com 10 Questions for Anderson Cooper
August 12, 2006
You write about growing up as Gloria Vanderbilt's son. When did you realize you had an unusual situation?
I didn't really know my mom was famous until I was probably about 12. That's when she was doing fashion stuff and her name became much more talked about. I'd met famous people as a kid, like Charlie Chaplin when he returned from exile, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol. What was cool about my parents was, my brother and I were expected to sit at the adult table. There was never a kids' table. To me, the greatest privilege of the way I grew up was realizing at a very young age that these people are just as unhappy as everyone else. Once you realize that, it frees you up from believing that fame or riches are going to bring you happiness. I think it takes a lot of people a long time to figure that one out.
And many thanks to ACAnderFan for providing us with this photo Anderson referenced of him shaking hands with Charlie Chaplin ~
Anderson Cooper welcomes Sir Charles Chaplin, April 4, 1972. Photo by Larry Morris, New York Times
In the second video Anderson also talks about Gordon Parks and how Mr. Parks influenced his life. Stay tuned for two posts later today on Anderson Cooper & Gordon Parks; the first a tribute to Mr. Parks, on his passing, and the second Anderson's selection of Mr. Parks as the person who inspired him for a CNN Heroes post in 2009.