The Guest Who Gave Me Nightmares (Revealed)

First, my apologies for not getting this out faster.  I was on jury duty this week and that threw my schedule out of whack.

But, back to answer my earlier post about the guest who literally gave me nightmares.  Good guess, “Thomas H.”  You were right!  It was movie director William Friedkin.  Not that he wasn’t gracious, engaging and professional when he was a guest–Friedkin was all those things.  But he was responsible for literally giving me nightmares by directing the 1973 movie The Exorcist.

That movie not only scared the stuffing out of me when I saw it, it gave me nightmares afterwards.  To this day I cannot watch any movies that deal with the devil, possession, etc.  And I blame Chicago’s very own (and one-time WTTW employee) William Friedkin.  Here’s that interview; one of the questions I ask him is if the movie actually scares him.

And one more piece of unfinished business.  In an earlier post, I alluded to something happening during my interview with former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor–something that had never happened before during any interview.  The answer:  she shook my hand during the interview.  She was talking about the tradition on the high court of all the justices shaking hands before a session and was illustrating the human connection that comes from that gesture.

There.  All caught up.

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