Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin

How I Got This Way
by Regis Philbin [Biography Philbin]

The structure of the book is unique because each chapter is dedicated to a person that affected his life. So it's sort of made up of a group of short stories about these thirty people and the interactions he had with them and then at the end of each chapter he talks about what lessons he learned from them. Some of them are emotional others are comedic. These people range from his wife Joy to Jack Nicholson, to David Letterman — who wrote the forward — and of course his longtime cohosts Kathie Lee and Kelly Ripa, though he calls her Pippa. I enjoy the chapter on Jerry Seinfeld. Apparently Regis didn't pay attention to the show Seinfeld, until after it entered syndication and then became obsessed with it to the point where every morning he would discuss the episode he watched the night before. The crew and Kathie Lee eventually would just roll their eyes. But he liked that it was a show about nothing because really so was their talk show. It's a quick read and it's got a lot of humor, while still remaining serious at times. -- recommended by Carrie K. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try other talk show host biographies - Johnny Carson, Larry King, Dick Cavett, etc.]

[Also available in downloadable audio format.]

[ publisher's official How I Got This Way web page ] | [ Regis Philbin on Wikipedia ]

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