1st guy, seeking directions on a New York City street: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”
2nd guy: “Practice, practice.”
In my past work in marketing and public relations I’ve gotten a client or two placed in the New York Times, but now my own name appears in “those hallowed halls”–which is a phrase I reserve for those pages where the Times is not trying to tell us how we should all feel about politics. No, these are the informative-and-topical hallowed halls of the Times. A Travel feature in the Business Day section.
And wow, it’s a WHOLE paragraph. At the very end of an article. But it IS the New York Times. When you get your name in the Times, you salute the flag and say, “Thank you, Sir, may I have another [mention in the Times someday]?”
Typical for a major media outlet, the person who interviewed me spoke with me for about a half-hour, yet most readers can polish off my Paragraph of Fame in seconds. Did I tell them who I work for, and provide my title, and spell it all out for the interviewer? Yes. Did I ever once say I was “a business consultant”? No. But again..it’s…the New York Times.
And they spelled “Cotrupe” correctly. MAJOR bonus points for that.
If you did not already click the NYT logo at the top of this blog entry (which itself is far longer than my little paragraph in the Times, not that I am bitter), here’s the link to my moment in the sun. Enjoy.