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I can’t believe it; I am hitting the road in less than a week. I can’t give the exact date yet because I am waiting to hear if I can get an interview with the mayor of Everett (WA).
I carefully selected Everett as my first “official” stop for interviews because of its history. In fact, I’ve already written the first few paragraphs of Chapter I for the book that will result from this trip:
So, why are we getting crazy in the final countdown? I’ve never been shy about doing or asking things that others may not. This bravado served me well for more than 20 years as a reporter. As such, I’ve made some interview requests that you might call out of the ordinary, highly improbable and, well, just plain crazy.
As my regular readers – both of you – know, I am driving across America to ask people how their lives changed in The Great Recession, cutting across all socioeconomic lines. With that in mind I figured, “Why not start at the top?”
I explained my background as a former broadcast journalist, network news editor and correspondent before making my request.
“I’m writing a book about how the recession changed America,” I explained, “and I am writing it by telling the personal stories of people across the country, from the highest levels to the guy getting a pre-payday loan in Duluth. I’d like to request 15-minutes of President Obama’s time to include his story in my book.”
“All interview requests must be submitted by email,” the gatekeeper replied brusquely, and gave me the address. I immediately submitted my request, along with the preface to my book and a resume. Why the heck not, ya ever know. Crazy? Sure, but if I get lucky I am crazy like a fox.
I’ve also requested an interview with Alan Mulally, former head of Boeing’s commercial aircraft division who now runs The Ford Motor Company. Not only did Mulally turn that company around, he saved Ford during the recession without taking one federal dollar. I want to get his story.Crazy? Maybe, but why the heck not, etc.
Stay tuned for more craziness. I will be blogging regularly along the way. I hope you’ll enjoy the trip as much as I will.