About a year ago I began my pursuit of Blanche Lambert Lincoln as a guest on my show. “It will never happen,” cynical folks said, shaking their heads in wonderment at just how naive one small public access interviewer could be.
But I believed it could. I contacted Lincoln’s office via email, and got a response back within a day or so from someone on her staff. They must have Googled me (our newest form of stalking), for they knew about my show, and asked about when we taped.
The idea was put forward that when the Senator was in Northwest Arkansas she night indeed be able to come on down to the studios of Community Access Television and sit down for a chat.
To the credit of her staff, at no point did anyone ever suggest that they should see the questions before hand.
I was also put on the mailing list for Senator Lincoln’s taped programs from Washington D.C., in which she talked about a variety of issues, so that the DVDs could be run on C.A.T. I got two of those.
Like a young lad awaiting the arriving of Santa Claus, I waited for a time when the Senator might be in Northwest Arkansas at the same time we tape the show.
Ah! What do you know! She made several appearances. I was becoming a little cynical. I wrote a blog entitled “Desperately Seeking Blanche,” which I emailed to her office.
It’s sort of amazing how quickly one can get a response after writing a whimsical little thing like that. I not only got an email, I got a phone call, as well.
They weren’t trying to diss me, the invitation to my show had somehow just sort of slipped through the cracks. Everyone involved was sure the interview would happen.
It was suggested at several points that I might set up here in Fayetteville and interview Blanche in her Washington office via the magic of satellites TV. No, I always responded. I wanted to have a good old-fashioned conversation with Senator Lincoln.
While I couldn’t speak for my viewers (as many or as few as they might be) I’ve always been pretty sure they might prefer that as well.
Well, the interview never happened. Of course, Senator Lincoln did have her hands full in the past few months, what with an election and all, but I held out hope that maybe, just maybe, we could get something done before she left office.
A week after the election I sent one last email.
Some time back we exchanged communications about the possibility of Senator Lincoln appearing on my interview program in Fayetteville.
I would still very much like to interview Senator Lincoln. Such an interview would not only run on television, but it would be given to the University of Arkansas Special Collections, as well as various libraries in our area.
The interview itself would not air until January, 2011.
As before, I can provide a list of some of the guests and topics the show has covered in the past 19 years.
I really hope that we can pull this off this time!
Silly man. I didn’t even get a reply to this last email. Ah well, when you do a show for 19 years you learn not to spend too much time crying over the guests you don’t get, and value the ones you do get.
Still, it would have been fun . . .
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Defending the Waltons
The ever-sycophantic Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ignoring all of Fayetteville’s points in the Walton Arts Center debate, has come down four-square on the side of the decision to make Bentonville the site of the uber-Arts Center.
While their editorial was titled, “It’s a happy ending . . .” a better title might have been “What the Waltons want, the Waltons get.”
Does anyone really think the decision wasn’t a foregone conclusion from the very beginning?
Quote of the Day
Our national politics has become a competition for images or between images, rather than ideals. - Daniel J. Boorstin