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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:34 AM
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I just got off the phone with Gore Vidal.
He was asking after my health again and telling me not to worry. He is such an inciteful human. Told me a very funny story about Peter Otolle...which made me laugh out loud!

We talked politics...the nuclear option and for a few minutes I forgot I was sick. He is very witty and damned nice. I wish I were 20 years older and had known him back when. I like talking to him and it is very comfortable when I do.

Color me starstruck.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:36 AM
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1. Name dropper!
:hi:
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:39 AM
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6. That is the only one I will
drop...cause he is my fave.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:36 AM
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2. Yes, he's an amazing man....
Very "inciteful". I like the implications of your spelling! :hi:
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:38 AM
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5. Spelling police?
but yes he is "inciteful" He thinks Frist is a fool.
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Jade Fox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:42 AM
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8. A brilliant alternative spelling. I think I'll use it in the future!
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:37 AM
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3. Too cool!!!!!
I'm glad you had a nice chat! :-)
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:37 AM
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4. *falling down in shock*
Man, I know people who KNOW people. How almost-cool am I? *g*

how ya doin' today, sweets? *hugs*
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:40 AM
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7. I think Gore Vidal is the coolest person on Earth
:hi: Andy.

Hope you're feeling ok.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:43 AM
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9. I just want the
surgery to be over!

Well soon enuf.
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:45 AM
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10. Me too!
However, I'm sort of a wagon-jumper-onner because i never knew how cool he was until I saw him on Bill Maher the other night.

I look forward to reading his new book, though.

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:46 AM
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11. *coloring you starstruck*

It's a lovely color :hug:
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:47 AM
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12. What do you make of "Visit to a Small Planet", Andy?
:hi:
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:50 AM
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17. I love it...
I wish I had seen the play version though.

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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:48 AM
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13. Gore said if Frist gets his way
Democratic rule here in the US will be dead and we will effectively be a bona fide dictatorship.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:49 AM
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14. that's really bad!
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:49 AM
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15. He's right.
There will be almost no check on supreme executive power.

:(
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:50 AM
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16. does he talk in private conversation in the same way he does
when you hear him in interviews, speeches etc ?

i always found the way he speaks interesting to listen to. he comes across as calm and cool but just really interesting. you can just sit and listen to what he has to say all day and never tire of it.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:51 AM
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18. He is quite animated
and he does talk like he does in public.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:54 AM
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19. too cool
So glad you have the support of a man with such wisdom, wit, and such scholarly historical perspective (not at all a dig about his age).

I was just reading the transcript of his appearance on Bill Maher's show from last week. Was interesting to see him talk about the voting irregularities in OH with more fluency and knowledge than most. Now I know where he more than likely got some of the dirt. :hi:

But I wish he took a sledgehammer to Franken for again minimizing the innumerable irregularities by quoting the MIT professor he had on his show, just days after the election.

Really frustrating.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 10:59 AM
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20. He said to me in regards to Franken...
Well lets just say Gore is not a fan of Franken.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:06 AM
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22. yeah I can well imagine
Edited on Mon May-23-05 11:08 AM by stellanoir
Somedays I wonder why I tune in to him. Probably for some of the interviews and some of the humor. But his stubborness on certain issues and how he'll repeat the same story ad nauseum is sometimes unbelievably grating.

Is Vidal (I hope I hope) in the proces of writing another book right now?
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all.of.me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:01 AM
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21. wow! can i touch you?
i'm glad it made you forget your troubles for a while.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:10 AM
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23. Gore Vidal is the coolest
Cool beans!
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:18 AM
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24. Upon further reflection. . .
get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!! get him to post here !!!

. . .under a pseudonym of course. If he did he'd probably unintentionally raise the collective IQ of DU by about 20 points by virtual osmosis. Could be a hoot.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:33 AM
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27. Unfortunately...
He does not use a computer. He still types on and old Selectric typewriter. When I want to email him something...I have to fax it.
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 12:04 PM
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28. oooohhhhhhh
I wondered 'bout that. One of my older most eccentric and brilliant friends is exactly the same way. Purists they are.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 12:08 PM
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29. Yes...they do not give in to the siren call
of computers and such.

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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:34 PM
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33. How did you happen to call him?
He is so in another world from us here it seems and that's just great. Are you two friends or something, or did you just call him to chat?

No computer, but that old Selectric. Heh, heh, ask him if he has the Times Roman "font" ball.
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:44 PM
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36. Yes GV is my friend.
I talk to him often and he has been concerned about me. So he called.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:24 AM
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25. Hey congrats!
Think he's got time to pay DU a li'l visit? (hint hint)
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 11:28 AM
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26. Wow
I've been a fan for years.

That's some distinguished company you keep there, man.
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coffeenap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 12:44 PM
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30. Geesh, now I am gonna be nervous when I talk to you on the phone.
Edited on Mon May-23-05 12:44 PM by coffeenap
:loveya: :loveya:
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:17 PM
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31. Wow! That's really cool!
I'm green with envy. :hi:
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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:23 PM
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32. Now, that's cool!
Impressive.

Did you see him in "Bob Roberts"? He played the democratic senator Bob Roberts ran against using smear tactics and deception. Vidal did a great job.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:42 PM
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34. That is fantastic!!, how did he find out about you?
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Andy_Stephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 01:43 PM
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35. We are friends...
I talk to him about 2 times a month.
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Go_Nukyuler_On_GOP Donating Member (60 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 04:30 PM
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37. Kick.
:kick:

I'm praying for you. Are you still on for surgery this week? Good luck!
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-05 04:32 PM
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38. Gore Vidal must be a special person,
because I don't think I've ever heard anyone say they wish they were 20 years older. :hi:
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