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Larry King and Friends

Larry King, an icon of talk show hosts, has interviewed the world’s most influential people for over half a century. Actor Paul Newman once told Larry King that when he arrived in a city halfway around the world, he would turn on the hotel TV so he could see Larry King Live. That was his connection to America, to home.

That is why I was surprised when the server seated me at an adjoining table to Larry King, even though I wasn’t in his party.

What Led to the Surprise

My husband, Neal, and I had arrived in NYC early evening around 6:30 p.m. We were tired and hungry, so we stopped at the Regency on Park Avenue to have some dinner. The Regency has an intimate restaurant, The Library. Larry King stays at the Regency when he is in NYC filming his show and eats at The Library frequently.

“I’ll get us seated while you check us in,” I said to Neal.

The host walked me to an area by a fireplace, where a comfortable leather sofa and chair wrapped around a coffee table.

“Thank you, but I prefer a table,” I said.

“It will be a few minutes, if you don’t mind waiting.”

“Sure. I’ll wait.”

Shortly after that, he seated me at a small table for two directly under a flat-screen, wall mounted TV. After about five minutes, the flickering of the TV was hurting my eyes, so I politely asked for another table.

“It may be a few minutes,” the host said again.

“That’s no problem. I don’t mind the wait,” I said. Again, I stood at the entrance of The Library, still waiting for Neal to return. Within a short time the host escorted me to a table by the window overlooking Park Avenue. This particular table had been pushed next to Larry King’s table. Larry sat there hunched over, wearing a black leather jacket with the collar up, as though he was cold. Two couples also sat at his table.

Neal’s Surprise

When Neal arrived at our table, I said, “I hope you don’t mind if we sit by Larry King.” He grinned and had a seat.

Unintentionally, we could hear everything anyone at that table said. Maybe it was a little intentional, since I was completely silent and leaned heavily toward the other table.

Inside Larry King’s Mind

During the meal, Larry mentioned, “I love the process of listening.” Wow! So that’s why he is so good at interviewing. Most people love the process of talking and don’t bother to listen. I found it intriguing that he called listening a process. Usually when you hear the word, listening, it is on a simple level of hearing words. Larry King turns it into a mental processing. Oh, to get into the mind of Larry King! You can learn how he thinks in his new book, Larry King-My Remarkable Journey.

Larry also made a statement about Bill Clinton writing the Forward of his new book. It is insightful and depicts his story-telling expertise. No one at the table picked up on his comment. He threw in a couple of one-liners, including something about Frank Sinatra. Not one person at the table explored that or any other topic he brought up.

My thought was, Why don’t you people stop talking about yourselves and pay attention to one of the world’s most respected interviewers? Larry King ate his meal and got out of there as quickly as possible. I don’t blame him. That was one of the most boring groups I have ever observed.

Look at Life in Front of You

It is easy to fall into a trap when you have breast cancer—a trap of thinking everything in life is about you. Your problems cloud your vision. You may not observe the opportunities surrounding you. You may have blessings on every corner and not notice them. There may be people wanting to help you, but you don’t see them in front of you.

Life is difficult sometimes, but life is also wonderful.

Thought for Today:

“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”—Larry King

Live Life,

Janelle

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