(CBS) - As(hopefully to turn around the Oprah Winfrey Network whose ratings have been low), we salute her. No worries -- we'll see you on, OWN.
Since announcing her departure from ABC, Oprah super-fans have been traveling to Chicago in order to cross attending a live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" off their bucket lists. After 25 years on air, many still have yet to get their chance to sit in the audience (me included, and I'll regret it for the rest of my life).
Jacki Garfinkel, a 27-year-old who worships Winfrey and is proud of it, visited
Chicago a handful of weeks ago and was lucky enough to land tickets. She caught
two tapings: an interview with actor Michael Douglas and another one with comedian
Chris Rock. Was she star-struck by the uber celebs? Nah. She was there to see Winfrey.
"It was a dream 25 years in the making. I've been inspired by her my entire life -- she changes lives," said Garfinkel. "And so before her show ended, I wanted to be a part of it." On her way out of the studio, Garfinkel bought a mug, picture frame, key chain and T-shirt from the Oprah Store. She contemplated purchasing one of Winfrey's suits (yes, ones she's actually worn), but her boyfriend knocked some sense into her.
We don't blame Garfinkel one bit. We, too, have caught the Oprah bug (more cleverly dubbed "The Oprah Effect").
Winfrey was the first to tell us about Spanx, the revolutionary way to "suck in," and introduced us to Philosophy's Amazing Grace, a smell we can't get out of your minds even if we wanted to. She also made book clubs cool and predictors of best sellers. She sure knows how to pick 'em.
Now on the last leg of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" -- count 'em, three more (tearful?) episodes to be exact -- we honor the show by recounting the gadget-y things Winfrey clued us in on. From the panini press she uses to make Stedman her "Love Sandwich" to the Nikon camera that tricks us into thinking we're real photogs, here are.