(At left, Lonnie Mishoe Sr. plays video games with his son Lonnie Mishoe Jr. as seen on The Early Show Thursday.)
Well, let's just say after the family I met – and you are about to meet – my anxieties have been dramatically reduced. The Mishoes of Bergenfield, N.J., are the kind of parents I think we all want to be. After I spent some time with them, I remarked to producer, Josh Gaynor, who found the family for us to profile Thursday in our "Where America Stands" report on The Early Show, "If every family in America were like the Mishoes, this country would be a whole lot better off."
After more than a year working on Couric & Co., I'm packing up and heading west. The newsroom has been ringing all day with the sounds of "I left my Heart in San Francisco," and, indeed, that's where I'm destined. Of course this blog was only one of my myriad duties here, but it was really the only one in which I got regular feedback from you.
So, before I pack up my coffee mug, AP stylebook, Tums and the herd of high-heels that have taken over my filing drawer, I'd like to say a big thank you to anyone who's checked out this blog, anyone who's left a comment or given us some feedback through e-mail.
Just a quick note to tell you about our plans for Inauguration Day, January 20th. In addition to daylong coverage on CBS, I'll be anchoring a live prime time special beginning at 9 p.m. And then, it's time for what we call our "After Party," our live Webcast. It begins at 10 p.m. ET.
The Webcast is live from a ball, so we're your all-access pass to the party and you don't even need a tuxedo!
But more importantly, our political team and guests we'll be answering your questions about the transition of power and the challenges facing the new administration in the coming months. If there's anything you want to know or a question you'd like to ask, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The video explains it all.
Thanks and see you at the Inauguration!
As Hannah describes it:
Wander over and take a look.My career is driven by a real passion for interviewing, and some of my favorites can be found under "Favorite Video Clips." Also, like a lot of you, I absolutely love pictures — and this blog offers a photo album of sorts. You can find lots of candid shots in "Favorite Photos".(CBS)
Of course, a lot goes on here that you don't actually see on The Early Show. I'll take you "Behind The Scenes" with bloopers and the inside story.
One of my favorite parts of this job is getting to the heart of who people really are. I've met some incredible people and feature them in "Women Who Inspire Me." I hope they'll inspire you, too.
She enlisted in the Iowa National Guard in 1979 as a private. Right away her superiors, including Command Sergeant Major Doyle Norris, say they saw something special in her. She was, he says, the kind of soldier who comes along once in a career. Everything she did, she did well. Whenever the Guard needed a volunteer, her hand was first in the air.
It was in the Guard that she caught the eye of Ed Gabbard. He was 18 years older and her superior the night the two of them were paired up as partners for a night of pool. They never lost a game. Ed says Marilyn loved pool, cards, fishing, cooking, and her car - a fast sporty Mustang convertible.
Early this morning, we had about 170 comments there. (Thanks, Drudge.) But around 8:30 we started experiencing some technical glitches all over CBSNews.com. The system went down for a few hours while our crack team of computer mechanics put the web page up on cement blocks and looked under the hood. In the process, a lot of comments all over the web site went pfffffft (that's a technical term.)
Our apologies for the disruption. Everything is now back to normal. Feel free to flame away.
Our blog sibling Vaughn Ververs is departing for sunnier climes. As some of you may have heard, he's moving on to hunt bigger game.
Vaughn has just posted his farewell over at Public Eye:
From my perspective, the most important challenge over the first 16 months has been to build credibility – both inside and outside of CBS News. It is understandable that both sides would look at us from a somewhat jaded point of view. Many internally feared that we would be constantly looking over their shoulders, micro-criticizing each move they made. Some on the outside wondered whether this effort wouldn't end up as a PR vehicle, used to defend the network from criticism rather than address it. The trick has been to be fair and tough on both sides.Vaughn has indeed been fair and -- dare we say it? -- balanced. We wish him well and hope he'll hang out with Couric & Co. from time to time. We'd love to hear what's on his mind as he surveys the political landscape -- and we suspect our readers would, too.