Thursday, December 17, 2009

I vote for...(hold that thought)

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time of year when people make lists about the year because it is drawing to a close.

Last week, Barbara Walters made a list of “The Ten Most Fascinating People of 2009” according to her and then -- how convenient -- produced and hosted an hour-long ABC-TV special about them, interviewing each one in turn. Here are her choices:

1. Lady Gaga
2. Glenn Beck
3. Tyler Perry
4. Kate Gosselin
5. Adam Lambert
6. Sarah Palin
7. Brett Favre
8. Jenny Sanford
9. Michael Jackson’s three children

and the most fascinating person of 2009 according to Barbara Walters:

10. Michelle Obama

Actually, that’s 12. She said she didn”t choose Michael Jackson himself because he is dead and only living people can qualify for her list, which only goes to prove her version of the Golden Rule. You know, them what has the gold makes the rules. I have not linked to any of these people. If you want to know more about them, you can go look them up all by yourself.

I disagree with her choices, by the way. Barbara can’t help it, really. Being both bi-coastal and a member of the main-stream-media elite in this country, she is somewhat limited and provincial in her outlook by the circles in which she, er, circulates.

The person I think is the most fascinating person of 2009 didn’t even make it into Barbara’s top ten. Boy, is she out of touch.

Yesterday, Time magazine named its “Person of the Year” for 2009 and once again my choice was passed over. Time in its wisdom picked Ben Bernanke, the man who succeeded Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

How unimaginative.

Today, People magazine did include my choice as one of their “25 most intriguing people of 2009.” It’s about time.

Here’s my choice. I think she’s far more fascinating and intriguing than Ben Bernanke or Lady Gaga or Michelle Obama.

If you don't recognize her, you must have just arrived from another planet.


  1. i AGREE completely with you and aren't impressed with walter's choice...only people who her agents could convince to talk to her made the list, did you notice

  2. I'm happy to report that I am from our planet as I recognize Susan Boyle and agree that her story (and her voice) is fascinating and intriguing. Who is Lady Gaga? Sounds like an oxymoron to me...

  3. I'd vote for Susan Boyle over Lady Gaga anyday. What we don't need is another Madonna wannabe!

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  5. Walter, and what about all those fascinating people in OTHER lands? There MAY even be some in that place I call home that's down here under the printer's name.

    One good thing about blogging is that it reminds us of things and people outside our own country...

    Oh and Happy Christmas Robert! Hope yours is wonderful!

  6. I like your choice best of all.

  7. Undoubtedly, I must be living in another world where communication with Earth is restricted. I recognized only three of ten of the names and have NO idea who the other people are (and don't care.)

    I DID recognize your top choice, however. Hooray for the lady with the beautiful voice!


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