On Sunday October 14, 2007 I went to see Deborah Norville (former anchor on the Today Show and host of Inside Edition for the past 12 years) talk about her book, "Thank You Power". She is absolutely the nicest celebrity I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She spoke for about 45 minutes, describing the book and the research she has done on the subject over the last couple of years. She sited several experiments and studies and even how gratitude has affected her life.
After the talk she signed copies of her book that could be purchased there. She personalized them and wrote a little note, in addition to signing, in each book depending on who it was for. She also engaged every person as they came up and spent a few minutes chatting with them.
When I got to the table I asked if I
could have my picture taken with her. She didn't make me lean over the table as
is the case at most book signings (if they let you take pictures at all). She
stood up, came over to me and put her arm around me for the picture.
Unfortunately the lady who took the picture didn't do the best job.
She cut part of poor Deborah's head off. As I left the room I looked at the camera and saw what had happened. Needless to say I was disappointed. I didn't want the other lady to feel bad so I waited until she left and went back to the end of the line. When I got up to the table again, Deborah said, "Oh Jim, did you buy another book"? I told her no and explained what had happened. Again, she jumped up and put her arm around me again for another picture. This one was much better and had all of both of us in it.
When I asked to have a picture taken with her, she remembered she had a camera in her pocketbook. She got it out and asked her assistant to take a few pictures.
Deborah Norville with us on the set of her TV show, Inside