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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Oprah & I - 2 Degrees Of Separation via @NSNCgroup

"The Butler", a new movie out currently featuring Oprah Winfrey reminds me of the value of being part of such an amazing organization as the National Society Of Newspaper Columnists.

Never mind the exceptional colleagues I get to rub shoulders with as fellow members. Set aside the golden opportunities my wife and I get in seeing different parts of America, as the conferences routinely change cities each year.

For me, the best part of being part of this group is that the powers that be tasked with planning each conference go to great lengths to bring in some of the best speakers to each event. Such as Grapevine, Texas in 2005 where a Washington Post columnist was in attendance. At the time, Wil Haygood had a brand new book out on Sammy Davis Jr, which we were quick to snap up, and have him sign:

Here's a great OWN piece on how a column of his transitioned into the movie in theatres now, from Huffington Post.

My minor connection to a great story, simply by being part of a great organization...



Mrs That Dan Guy said...

Whoa! That is amazing! I can't wait to see the movie.

Dave Lieber said...

The movie is great!

ThatDanGuy said...

Right to the top of our to-do list!

ThatDanGuy said...

We will have to check it out - and thanks for bringing Mr. Haygood to Grapevine!