What I Learned When I Almost Died: How a Maniac TV Producer by Chris Licht

By Chris Licht

What do you research while your mind is going pop? Chris Licht had continuously been bold. while he used to be basically 9 years outdated, he tracked down an NBC correspondent whereas on holiday to solicit suggestion for a profession in tv. At 11, he started filming himself as he introduced the inside track. And by the point he was once thirty-five, he landed his dream activity: a fast moving, difficult spot on the helm of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—one of the most well-liked indicates on cable television. He had turn into a real-life Jerry Maguire: hard-charging, obsessively aggressive, and keen to sacrifice something to get it performed. He felt invincible. Then someday Chris heard a pop in his head, by means of a whoosh of blood and crippling soreness. medical professionals on the ER stated he had suffered a near-deadly mind hemorrhage. Chris’s existence had nearly been lower brief, and he had 8 lengthy days in a health facility mattress to contemplate it. What I realized whilst I virtually Died tells the tale of what occurred subsequent.

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I’d been to ERs as a kid with Dad, sometimes playfully hooked up to EKGs by the nurses. My bay was curtained into halves, front and back, and each had a bed with wheels and rails. They rolled me to the back, making me the patient in C2B. Patient C2A, a woman, seemed to have fallen during a footrace that morning. I never did get the story. They told me to get undressed, put on one of those haute couture hospital gowns, and put my street clothes in a clear, plastic bag. Now I remembered that not a soul beyond the confines of the hospital knew where I was.

On the Vineyard, Carl had given me his number, probably secure in the thought that no nine-year-old would actually call a leading national television correspondent. But I did, because I felt Carl and I had much to discuss, being in the same business. I used to call Sue Simmons, too, one of the anchors of WNBC–New York’s evening news. ” (Years later, my wife worked with Sue at WNBC, and mentioned to her that she was dating someone Sue knew, someone who used to telephone her as a kid. ) As my childhood fascination with broadcasting grew, I pictured myself as some kind of network “talent,” an anchor perhaps, certainly a reporter, a person on the air.

I have no memory of this moment. I apparently have erased it just as I did Dr. Mayersak’s first visit to me. As I lay on a table that would slide inside the CAT machine, Dr. Deshmukh asked me to describe what had happened and how I felt now. He asked if I had any allergies, surgeries, or medical problems. Now came another variation of the already familiar neurological quiz. What is your name? Where are you? Do you know what year it is? I knew the answers, knew them all, and that was good at least.

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