My CNN VJ badge. I distinctly remember wearing this badge and looking at it as I sat down to pee. What a thrill! Working for CNN! I was going places. Then I heard the cafeteria lady in the next stall grunting as she took a shit.
Historic VJ moment: This CNN postcard was shot from the Olympic Park in Atlanta. When a bomb went off there on July 27th 1996, I was ripping scripts in VJ Land. The whole building shook. Immediately after, rumors circulated around the newsroom that some Producer wanted us VJs to go over to the park to get the story. This was when I realized just how disposable we were.
Ultimately, everyone working that night won an Emmy. All you had to to do was contact the PR department and they'd give you a certificate.
Side note: It's pretty fitting for this museum that I managed to keep all this useless crap and cannot find my Emmy certificate.
PR stunt, circa 1996. An enterprising young VJ literally aspired to make a name for himself by passing out these pens embossed with his name throughout the CNN newsroom. His big moment of triumph came when he saw anchor Lou Waters using one on the set.
Anchor/ Greg Christensen Pen User Lou Waters. His perfectly coiffed hair was achieved by...
Making Video Journalists scatter and scramble to find his Vavoom hairspray. "Where's my Vavoom? Where's my Vavoom?" is a refrain that still haunts many past VJ’s to this day.
Vintage Artifact: Tacky Finger. This was the gloop we used to facilitate script-ripping back when the scripts had carbon sheets in between three different colors of paper. These scripts had to be separated and given to important people. Anchors got the white/pink copies while directors got yellow. VJs really did "rip" scripts back then. It was quite professionally satisfying when one managed to rip all the carbon sheets out in one solid pull.
True fact: If you gave someone the wrong script color, it was a grave, punishable offense.
Pay special attention to the note I wrote to myself in the Message section. Honestly though, I don't know why I needed to remind myself that my salary sucked shit.
Also note the lone, vintage pubic hair that somehow attached itself to this brochure. I'm pretty sure it's not mine.
Believe it or not, people were outraged when denied the right to eat corn and rice for dinner.
But of course there was pandemonium in the Hard News Cafe that night as people scratched and clawed, trying to get their free "hot meal".
1. This beautiful drawing of my booger is on official CNN stationary.
2. There's an official Hard News Cafe coffee stain on it.