Jerame and I have been going through a bunch of old video tapes and converting them to digital and we found a gem the other night - my first television interview. I was 19 and had just come back from following Bill Clinton around on his bus tour of America when he campaigned for President.
I'd met some ACT UP NY members who were following Clinton on all of his stops when the bus tour came through Evansville, Indiana. We talked for a while and they invited me to join them. I didn't have a job or a stable place to live so I tagged along. Once we came back, I decided to start a local ACT UP chapter and sent out a press release.
Surprisingly, FOX 44 called me and asked for an interview. In the studio. Live. Just before we went on air, the anchor looks at me and says, "Don't worry. There's only XX-thousand people watching tonight probably." (I forget the exact amount.) I was terrified. And it shows.
Video after the jump.