April 26, 2010
Posted: 03:50 PM ET
It’s Larry King Live’s 25th anniversary and we want to share with you some of our LKL memories, what it’s like to work on the program and our favorite moments of the past 25 years of history-making television. During the next few weeks, we’ll be posting blogs from Larry’s staffers as we count down to the program’s 25th anniversary week, beginning May 31st.
Let us know what you think and don’t forget to rate YOUR favorite moments and enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Larry in person!
By LKL Senior Producer Hunter Waters
Years after interning for “Larry King Live,” I travelled back to Washington, D.C. for my official job interview.
Like most job applicants, I dressed in my finest suit, ready to impress. I was hardly prepared, though, to start helping out for the type of show we were taping that day; Jack Hanna and his animal friends were in town! When Jack does our show, the animals show up hours before the taping starts. While they’re kept in cages during their travels to the studio, once they’re here, they want to get out. The trainers opened up a cage with the cutest lion cub so that it could roam around one of our conference rooms, and my duty that day was to make sure it stayed within the confines of the conference room. As you can imagine, the cub also wanted to play a bit and had the best time pretending my leg was a scratching pole. Needless to say, those suit pants were unmendable after that show.
A decade later, having covered the 9/11 attacks, wars, legal cases and all the major news stories of the past 10 years, more often than not, the moments here at “Larry King Live” are ones we’ll always want to remember.
Who else can say they’ve held Bo “10” Derek’s hand while escorting her at an event to our camera location for an interview?
Having the opportunity to celebrate former President Bush’s 80th birthday and watching him parachute out of a plane certainly ranks up there. The night before his celebratory jump, Larry emceed the official birthday party at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. With a stage set-up at home plate, Larry shuffled musical entertainers on and off the stage while introducing speeches by dignitaries paying tribute to the former President.
Best moment of that day for me, though, was having the chance to see two worlds collide when Rush Limbaugh asked me to take a picture of him with former Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev. Well, that, and getting a slice of this birthday cake (shown here with fellow LKL producer Eleanor McManus).
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