Tom Brokaw Wants to Be Buried With a Bottle of...
I'm standing by to hear Tom Brokaw interviewed live by the USC Norman Lear Center's Marty Kaplan. The event is inside the Writers Bloc Theater, Beverly Hills, CA. Until the show this brief interview from New York Magazine will have to sustain me....
New York Magazine: Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Tom Brokaw: Jackie Robinson.
NY Mag: In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Brokaw: Cure cancer, mediate the Israeli–Palestinian stand-off, write Jon Stewart's monologue, tend a falafel stand on 42nd Street, walk my dog, and take a nap.
NY Mag: Do you give money to panhandlers?
Brokaw: Occasionally, but never to those in expensive down jackets, new boots, and designer jeans.
NY Mag: What's your drink?
Brokaw: We have a Polish audio technician with whom I have worked all over the world for years. He makes a killer home-brew lemon vodka. We have shared shots with Gorbachev, and toasted the fall of the Berlin Wall, the visit of Pope John Paul to Warsaw, the release of Nelson Mandela, and most of the historic events of the last 30 years. I want to be buried with a milk bottle of Majik's lemon vodka.
NY Mag: What's your favorite medication?
Brokaw: A half dose of Ambien.
NY Mag: How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Brokaw: Anything over $50. That does not apply to my wife or daughters.
NY Mag: When's bedtime?
Brokaw: After I surf Stewart, Colbert, and Letterman.
NY Mag: What do you think of Donald Trump?
Brokaw: If we didn't have The Donald, we'd have to invent him as a reminder of what frugality, a really cool haircut, and an aversion to publicity can get you in life.
NY Mag: Where do you go to be alone?
Brokaw: In the city, to the Frick, Met, or Museum of Natural History. In Montana, to a trout stream.
NY Mag: What makes someone a New Yorker?
Brokaw: An appetite for adventure and an anticipation every day that appetite will be fulfilled.
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