August 20, 2009
Posted: 01:27 PM ET
He'll tell you what's on his mind, who he's having lunch with, when he's taking his kids to the ball game and much more.
If you love Larry as much as we do, you'll want to hear from him on Twitter.
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August 17, 2009
Posted: 05:49 PM ET
On Twitter, that is. Larry has only been tweeting for a few months but he's already a hit. In fact, he's just a few followers away from hitting the millionth mark. Help Larry out! Sign up to follow KingsThings!
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August 6, 2009
Posted: 04:03 PM ET
By Jim Moret, Chief Correspondent for Inside Edition
Watch what you say to Larry King. Larry is a colleague and a mentor, and I owe him a great deal. But be careful whenever you talk to him – because he listens. And he remembers.
I was the main anchor for CNN’s marathon coverage of the OJ Simpson criminal trial. This was an almost blissful era in television, before a cacophony of talking heads flooded the nightly airwaves, and before MSNBC or Fox News were in business. CNN was the network of record for the trial and the ratings were record-setting.
I was an occasional guest host and a frequent guest on Larry’s program, and we often spoke before each show, mostly small talk in the make-up room. One particular evening I was telling him how coincidental it was that I actually owned size 12 Bruno Magli shoes. That particular manufacturer and size was the focal point of the early days of the trial, since the killer of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman left a bloody footprint at the scene identified as being made by just such a shoe. Mine, were of course, not the “ugly-ass” model OJ disavowed ever owning, but they were Bruno Magli’s, nonetheless.
“You have size 12 Bruno Magli’s?”, he said as he sat upright with a jolt. I suddenly had Larry’s complete attention.
“Yes,” I said almost sheepishly, adding, “And I was at the dance recital that day too. My daughter and OJ’s daughter were in the same school.” Earlier the day of the double murders OJ was seen at the school’s annual performance, growing visibly upset after being rebuffed by his ex-wife. Prosecutors claimed Simpson’s behavior demonstrated his motive for the horrific slayings hours later.
Our conversation ended and we both walked into the studio, as I was once again scheduled to be a guest on Larry’s show. That night, I was seated alongside a law school professor, invited to explain that day’s developments in court. The show had barely begun when Larry asked my fellow panelist, “Professor, what is the significance of these size 12 Bruno Magli shoes?”
The professor answered, “Well, it is a very exclusive brand owned by a small number of people, and the specific size narrows that group even more.”
“Wait ‘til you hear Moret’s answer,” Larry said as he turned to me, with a broad grin.
The blood quickly drained from my face. I had no choice but to respond as we were on live television. “Larry, you know I have a pair of size 12 Bruno Magli’s. I told you about them just a few minutes ago.”
“You? You have size 12 Bruno Magli’s? Where were you the day of the murders?”, his voice rose as he pointed his finger across the desk in my direction.
Trying to remain calm, I responded, “Larry, as I told you, I was at the dance recital with OJ because our daughters were in the same school.”
“You – Jim Moret – have size 12 Bruno Magli’s and you were at the dance recital the day of the murders?
“Yes.” (seeing my professional life flashing before my eyes)
Larry turned directly to camera. “Marcia Clark!” (referring to the lead prosecutor in the Simpson case) “If you are watching– we have another suspect! It’s Jim Moret! (pause) We’ll be back after this.”
After the show ended, and I had a chance to regain my bearings and my composure, I went up to Larry and asked “Larry – I am a lawyer and the main anchor for all the network’s coverage of this trial. Why did you bring that up on the air?”
Without a beat and showing neither malice nor guile, but rather almost a childlike amusement, Larry looked at me and said two words – with a smile.
I guess it was.
May 19, 2009
Posted: 04:39 PM ET
Posted: 03:36 PM ET
Larry King Jr. is the President of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
He's also the son of the Larry King that has a show on CNN. You might have heard of him.
Larry Jr.'s commentary is part of our continuing Impact Your World series. He will also be a guest on tonight's LKL.
Tonight on my father's show you will learn a lot of new things about his life. One thing that amazes me about my father is that no matter where he is or what he is doing he will stop it to make a call to tell someone that his Foundation will help save their life
I almost lost my father in 1987, but he was lucky. His hospital bills were covered by insurance. While he was recovering from his operation, he made a promise to himself to help others who may not be as lucky.
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) was established in 1988 to provide funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means or no insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they so desperately need. The Foundation works in conjunction with hospitals throughout the nation to ensure that such patients receive proper medical attention. Doctors performing these surgeries do so at no charge. Hospitals are compensated only for the materials used. Hearts are repaired. Families are given another chance. Lives are saved.
We have a simple target and that is try to Save a Heart a Day. Last year we helped 313 individuals with life saving cardiac care. In addition we screened over 4000 people for cardiac disease and on an ongoing basis we screened over 400 people for cardiac disease in Los Angeles with our collaborate efforts with LAC+USC hospital.
So far in 2009, we have helped 178 individuals with only 131 days gone in the year! We have accomplished this goal in part due to the increase in some international cases we completed in Africa and Jamaica as well as increased patient support at our new partner hospital in Miami: Jackson Memorial.
I am proud of my father and what he has done in his career but I am probably more proud of his Foundation. We could use your help!
To learn more go to www.lkcf.org
To learn more about how you can Impact Your World, go to CNN.com/Impact
May 13, 2009
Posted: 03:33 PM ET
Below is an excerpt from Larry King's new autobiography "My Remarkable Journey" published by Weinstein books.
Larry Zeiger left Brooklyn, New York, for Miami Beach, Florida, at the age of 23 to try to find a job in radio. This is how he got his new name:
I went to stay with my Uncle Jack in Miami Beach.
I was so excited that I started knocking on doors the next day.
I stopped at a small station on First Street, WAHR. The guy in charge liked my voice. "We get a lot of people coming and going," he told me. "If you hang around, you'll get the first opening."
I sat and watched in fascination for a few weeks. It was a tiny operation, but the sight of the UPI and AP machines furiously clicking out news made me feel like I was on the brink of something big. Miami Beach was like a dream. The palm trees. The ocean. I remember walking past Joe's Stone Crab. Joe's is more than a restaurant, it's a landmark.
Filed under: Larry King
May 6, 2009
Posted: 06:33 PM ET
From the desk of Larry King:
I knew Dom pretty well. He was on my radio show frequently in the '80's and '90's. I had him on my local TV show in DC in the early '80's, before I joined CNN. And I had him on Larry King Live a number of times.
(To see a clip of Dom on LKL CLICK HERE)
He was a great guy. He was very funny, of course, and always "on," and by that I mean he was always performing. That made him a terrific guest, and enjoyable on and off camera. I loved having him on my shows because he was funny and passionate, and that's what you want in a guest - a lot of passion. He exuded it. When he was on the screen, you couldn't change the channel.
He did have this thing that most comedians have, where you hold them at arm's-length. Bob Hope was an example of this. In the numerous times I interviewed him, I could never get him to talk about himself, no matter how hard I tried. But nearly every comic I've interviewed - and most of the actors - share this trait. They're being someone else while I'm interviewing them.
I think Dom was an underrated comedian. When they talk about the great comics, you don't hear his name mentioned, but you should because he was really funny. Dom was also an extraordinary Italian cook - or at least I'm told, he never cooked for me. Somebody once told me he made the world's best meatballs. Wish he had cooked for me. I like meatballs.
Dom made friends very easily. He was appreciated among those in the business and very well liked. I never heard anyone say a bad word about him. And of course there was his friendship with Burt Reynolds. Burt loved him. I had them on together once. There was a dinner in DC where Burt was being honored. I was the emcee, and I had both of them on my local TV show in Washington to promote it. They were hilarious. At the dinner Dom talked about Burt. Talk about funny - but also real. Their friendship was very genuine. Burt adored him, and the opposite was true. Their relationship reminded me a lot of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. His friendship with Burt - and Mel Brooks - got him a lot of movie roles. In all those movies, he stood out.
I was very sad to hear about Dom's passing. The world got a little less funny.
To read more about Dom DeLuis's career, CLICK HERE.
April 2, 2009
Posted: 03:59 PM ET
REMEMBER MY OLD USA TODAY COLUMN? IT’S BACK EXCLUSIVELY ON THE LKL BLOG!!!!!
FROM THE DESK OF LARRY KING:
1. Baseball is back so the world is good again. I love all sports, but baseball is still our only national pass time.
2. Do you know anyone...anyone who has a cure for the financial crisis?
3. If Nicolas Cage is in the movie...I am seeing the movie.
4. Whenever it's cold and rainy in Los Angeles, I figure I got robbed on my house.
5. My favorite channel on Sirius satellite radio is "Old Time Classics."
6. Does anyone play Pinochle anymore?
7. I never figured that a bank could go out of business.
8. Is Krispy Kreme still popular?
9. Natasha Richardson was an extraordinary talent, especially on the Broadway stage.
10. I am not a fan of digital watches.
11. I'm glad he did it...but I never figured that David Letterman would get married.
12. Isn't Obama due on Jimmy Kimmel?
13. I had this fantasy dream where Chris Matthews let a guest finish an entire sentence without interrupting.
14. If someone wears a flag lapel pin it doesn't make him or her a great American.
15. The one business that always has to do well in this economy is the funeral parlor.
16. The biggest thrill of my day is taking my boys to and from school each day.
February 4, 2009
Posted: 08:09 PM ET
Coming up on Larry King Live...
Suze Orman joins me Thursday to answer all of your personal finance questions. If you have a question, this is the place to ask it. The economy has everyone on edge, but there are ways to ease those economic woes, tune in and learn how to weather the storm.
Plus, have you heard the amazing tapes from the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Hudson River landing? We'll have them for you, and let you hear the amazingly calm conversation that went on between the Heroes on the plane and the control tower.
It's all coming up at 9pm on CNN!
February 3, 2009
Posted: 11:26 AM ET
After the show last night, we read a couple of your comments about the octuplets. You all sure had a lot to say!!
Watch the CNN Video now!!
And don't forget to tune in tonight to see former Governor Rod Blagojevich in his first primetime interview since his impeachment!!
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