Making a day trip up to the Big Apple from the deep south makes for one very long day–up before dawn, at the airprt by six a.m., wheels on the ground before lunch and then back home by midnight–but what happens in between flies by like white lightning.Â Since my mom went along, I did a little more of the touristy thing this time around–taking a stroll over to Lincoln Center, checking out the Rock and the Empire State Building, and even walking through Times Square where I got to see a mostly-nekkid cowboy playing guitar at the corner of 7th and Broadway.
After that, it was a quick trip over to the Fox News studios where I taped the interview with Mike Straka.Â I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–you will not find a finer gentleman in all of broadcast journalism.Â Mike had a full studio setup for the interview (which is a huge deal for a newbie like me), after which he arranged a fascinating tour for my mom and me.Â We saw one of the news rooms, hung out in a production control suite, and even met Shepard Smith along the way.Â What struck me most, though, was the obvious pride Mike takes in his work and the organization he works for.Â I’m really glad I got the chance to see him in action.
We wrapped up the day over at the Algonquin Hotel, a historic New York landmark famous for its Writers Round Table, where famous authors from the 1920s would gather to discuss current events and literature–while presumably consuming large amounts of liquor.Â That’s where I met Ian Levy, a truly great guy who also wants to turn HAMMERJACK into a movie.Â I had a terrific time talking shop and movies like two fanboys would.Â After getting to know Ian a little bit in person, I can honestly say that my book couldn’t be in better hands.
And that, my friends, is about it!Â A good time was had by all, but it was also great to get back to Ildi and the kids–not to mention a soft bed.Â Manhattan is pretty exciting, but there’s no place quite like home.
P.S.Â Mike’s Real Deal interview is up and running right here.Â Enjoy!Share