Oops! There's a "brain freeze" that has made the headlines — accompanied by a national sigh of relief thatit isn't us who are the target of humiliation.
Poor Gov. Rick Perry has been caught like a deer in the headlights as comedians, politicians and media typesaims to exploit his recent infamous moment of memory lapse.
I plan to make use of it, too — with a measure of empathy. Believe me, I've been there, done that.
Although recollections of my early years in broadcast aren't as crystal clear as they used to be, one is asvivid as today's Blue-Ray. And like a scary movie, I've refused to watch it more than once — until now.
At the time, I worked at our local CBS affiliate, KEPR-TV, where I hosted a morning show. Fresh withenthusiasm about being on-camera after my start in radio, I had in hand carefully crafted promos,scripted questions and extra lip gloss.
What I didn't have a good grip on was my brain for this particular interview.
"My guest today," I exuded brightly as I gazed into the camera, "is here to give us tips on fire safety."
The fire chief smiled, and the questioning began. Back and forth we engaged in conversation, theinterview proceeding just as planned. Smugly, I smiled inwardly as the flawless, fast-paced segmentmoved successfully toward its end.
As the floor director gave me a one-minute cue, I knew there'd be time for an impromptu question.
"So tell me," I interjected knowledgeably, "shouldn't we be checking ourouruh."
The fire chief leaned forward as I frantically pointed upwards.
"You know," I gasped as the seconds slowed to a freeze frame, "shouldn't we be checking that you know that thingy in the ceiling?"
My makeup dissolved — along with my composure — as realization finally crossed the guest's face.
"Oh, yes!" he nearly shouted as TV viewers overcome with laughter breathed a shared sigh of relief. "The smoke detector battery!! Yes, check it twice a year."
I stumbled onward until the blinking camera light faded and released me from my misery — but not the memory.
After that "brain freeze" on television, I totally understand Gov. Perry's pain. If I were him, I'd leave publicdebates behind and just work from his office in the Texas governor's mansion.
Believe me, I've found that working from my home office is much easier. It's private, peaceful and
Excuse me, I’ve got to go. The uh uh you know the thingamajig with water uh on the stove iswhistling.