Cutting My Teeth on Celebrity Stories
I was young and didn’t ask the right questions.
Sometimes I still cringe over early interactions with famous people (click for high school Al Pacino blunder) as I climbed partway up the ladder, rung by rung, in the magazine world. But we learn from our slips as well as our reaches, so it all worked out.
1. Don Hewitt. My first job was at Woman’s Day, then owned by CBS Magazines. I wrote (for free, after work or at lunchtime) for the CBS employee newsletter and was dispatched in 1985 to the CBS Store at Black Rock, the network’s black stone…