Friday, November 13, 2009

My Lou Dobbs Story

Lou Dobbs is looking for another job. I hope he doesn’t ask me for one again.

Memories can be tricky. I can’t vouch 100% for this next tale, but I am pretty sure it happened...

Back in the late 1970s, I turned down Lou Dobbs for a job as executive editor of Chain Store Age General Merchandise Edition.

The now famous, or infamous, CNN ex-anchorman wasn’t famous, or infamous, back then. He was a standard TV journalist between station assignments. During our interview it became clear that any print job he secured would be a stopgap position until another one under the klieg lights turned up. So I passed on the opportunity to hire him.

Chain Store Age’s loss was Ted Turner’s gain.

At least that is how I remember it.