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The death this week of Monty Python member Terry Jones brought back an unforgettable memory of our one meeting.
As I commented here recently, for eight seasons I hosted an eponymous interview show in Silicon Valley that was syndicated to PBS stations around the country. Over the course of 300-odd shows I had a number of memorable experiences: holding Jane Goodall’s hands to keep them warm on a freezing hotel rooftop shoot, drinking wine with Julia Child while talking about the OSS, listening to Dizzy Gillespie tell how he stabbed Cab Calloway in the butt … and scores more.
But the craziest experience I ever had on the show took place on the very last episode of the series. Our home studio was in San Jose, but we often traveled up to San Francisco to shoot in a hotel room. This time, we were on the mezzanine, over a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, in a boutique hotel near Union Square. And my guests were Terry Jones and Douglas (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) Adams. They were touring together, promoting their new software game featuring a Titanic-like spaceship (if I remember correctly).