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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

“After we taped, I would get an envelope with around $30 in it, and I would go buy Michael Jackson tapes for $1 or polo shirts for $2. I still have those show tapes in a box somewhere, but they will never see the light of day. They exist – and they’re very funny.”

Ha ha, probably a wise viral move. Taylor also got some great anecdotal answers from Tavis Smiley, Judy Woodruff and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan. Read those here.

[Photo courtesy: CBS News]

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