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“If you watch Brian Williams tonight you’ll see a wonderful little piece about the 1964 World’s Fair. In the last few weeks, they’ve been celebrating the 50th anniversary and the skeletons of that exposition. I’d forgotten I’d been there and the FIRST thing that popped into my mind when I saw footage recently was the BELGIAN WAFFLE and tonight, there it was!!!! Everything was a first there. Wish i could remember my companions as well as I remember that confection. You gotta watch Brian.”
— The latest email vignette from my mom. In addition to making me smile at the thought of her attending the 1964 World’s Fair, it’s also interesting to see how influential Brian Williams (and broadcast in general) is for my mom and her demographic. I don’t feel the same connection to anchors but there is something kind of comforting knowing that someone like Brian is such a consistent thread in my mother’s life.
“To run a marathon is to tempt fate, to wink and grin at death and whisper, “Catch me if you can.” Then we place one foot in front of the other roughly 40,000 times, and somehow the mundane becomes magical, never more so this year in Greater Boston.”
— Wonderful piece filed elegantly on deadline by WSJ’s Matt Futterman after running 26.2 miles through Boston today.
“Jon Stewart and Colbert obviously adore each other. And Colbert has outpaced Stewart, but with grace. He really is perfect for the slot; it will be a race for viewership. Colbert sings and dances much better than Fallon.”
“A quick reminder about the nerd mindset. We are naturally interested in everything because the acquisition of new data allows us to better understand the world.”
— From Rands' awesome newsletter today. A brilliant mind and incredibly far-reaching thinker who has a way of capturing the seemingly uncapturable — like the nerd mindset. I frequently reflect on my conversation with him this time last year when I spoke with him about life at Palantir.
“You will miss out on some near soul mates. This goes for friendships, too. There will be unforgettable people with whom you have shared an excellent evening or a few days. Now they live in Hong Kong, and you will never see them again. That’s just how life is.”