My kids’ bedtime stories are of the Biblical variety. Just last night, I enjoyed reading to them again about the manna–the sweet-tasting food from the heavens–that God provided to Moses and his beleaguered crew of nomads.
It’s the perfect metaphor for some of the assignments that I’ve been fortunate to receive over the years. In May, it happened when Wendy Cole, a senior editor at REALTOR magazine called.
A fellow Oak Parker whom I know from our time together at Time magazine (she on staff, me as a stringer), Wendy asked if I’d be interested in interviewing Joe Theismann for a Q & A to appear in an edition previewing the REALTORS Conference & Expo in Orlando.
I started rattling off Joe’s football stats, how he changed his last name’s pronunciation so it rhymed with “Heisman,” and other background details. Somewhere in there I gushed my reply to Wendy’s offer: “Yes!”
“Sounds like this is a good fit for you,” she understated with amusement.
I did some research, prepared about a dozen questions and, on May 20, enjoyed a 23-minute interview with Joe. I anticipated a bright, thoughtful, colorful encounter. Turns out, Joe was even more classy and insightful than I’d imagined he would be.
I typed up a long version of the Q & A for the REALTOR website, and (above, right) you can see the shorter version that appeared in print.