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But early evening Monday through Friday won’t be quite the same without Larry’s lively recap and spot-on analysis of the day’s business and political events, as well as his infectious testimony on the wonder-working power of economic freedom.
I don’t know how many times I’ve appeared on Larry’s show. Maybe 300? (Is that possible?) It all started in 2006, when I was an economics writer for US News & World Report magazine. I had written a cover story on how the improving economy might affect the upcoming midterm elections. I told our media person that she should try to book me on what was then called “Kudlow & Company.” She demurred. The Kudlow show wasn’t “a good fit” for me, she said. As a fan and as someone who had been watching Larry since his “McLaughlin Group“ panelist days, I knew I would be a perfect fit. So I called up CNBC myself and pitched myself to producer Andrew Conti. I was on the next day. Not only did I become a “Kudlow” regular, but I started appearing on other CNBC programs, eventually becoming an official contributor. I also appear almost every Saturday morning on Larry’s syndicated WABC radio show, which he will continue to host.
My relationship with Larry Kudlow has been great for my career as journalist. I like to joke that at Thanksgiving my family always thanks the Good Lord and Larry Kudlow, though not necessarily in that order. (Actually, that is not a joke.)
But Larry’s friendship has been far better for me as a person. Larry taught me how to disagree without being disagreeable. He taught me about the value of indefatigable optimism. Most importantly, he taught me that when life puts your butt on the mat, you need to get back up. That’s the true measure. Oh, and when you’re climbing back to your feet, it sure helps to have a few good friends around to lend a helping hand. Those friends you never forget.
And I will never forget how amazing Larry Kudlow has been to my family and me. I am just a tiny, bit player in the Larry Kudlow Story – one that took him from the New York Fed to Wall Street to the Reagan White House back to Wall Street and then television. But he’s a big, big player in my story.
So deepest thanks, Larry. Here’s to the next chapter in your adventure. And by the way, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity!