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Posts Tagged ‘Boris Yeltsin’

These Minutes, Stahl and Kroft Would Like to Have Back

GuilfordCollegeLogoSteve Kroft was initially scheduled to close out the 2013-14 season of Guilford College’s Bryan Series in Greensboro, NC alongside Lara Logan. But in the wake of Logan’s leave of absence, it was up to 60 Minutes colleague Lesley Stahl to take up the anecdotal slack last night.

Per a summary in the Times  & Record, both correspondents talked frankly about some of their least favorite interview assignments. For Kroft, it was the very mean French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. For Stahl, there was also a Frenchman in the mix:

One was with former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (“I don’t speak French, but he said something vulgar,” Stahl said). The other was with late Russian president Boris Yeltsin (“He was absolutely in his cups. He was embarrassing,” Stahl said.)

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The Day Al Davis Thought About Buying UPI

Although Al Davis might have had to tweak his well-known mantra to “Just write, baby,” he certainly had all the temperamental tools to become a successful media baron. And according to long-time LA Times sportswriter Steve Springer, the late owner of the Oakland Raiders at one point contemplated that very possibility:

When United Press International was on the verge of financial collapse, Davis asked me how much I thought it was worth. “Why?” I said. “Because I’m thinking of buying it,” he replied. “That way, I can have my own stories written and run side by side with all the sh*t you guys write.”

Just imagine the possibilities. Every Raider Nation game post-mortem headlined as a victory of some sort; if not on the scoreboard, then at least in the realm of tackles, crowd noise or missed calls by referees.

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