"The studio audience were all morons, the announcer was a moron, the sponsors were morons, and I just damn well wasn't going to shine my shoes for them, I told Seymour. I said they couldn't see them anyway, where we sat. He said to shine them anyway. He said to shine them for the Fat Lady...
There isn't anyone anywhere who isn't Seymour's Fat Lady. Don't you know that? Don't you know that goddam secret yet? And don't you know—listen to me, now—don't you know who that Fat Lady really is? . . . Ah, buddy. Ah, buddy. It's Christ Himself. Christ Himself, buddy.” — J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
On August 12th, Helium co-founders, Ian and Jacob, were joined by a Milwaukee legend. The renowned Ted Perry—a long-time local news anchor, for those unfamiliar—was gracious enough to lend his time to not only do a live reading of this profound passage from J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, but also embrace a lively discussion about all things books and reading.
With some great interaction from the audience, the three dove into what reading means to Ted, how it plays a role in his life, and even touched on some of the books that have had the greatest impact on his career and life! With great stories intertwined throughout, it sure made for one fun evening! 👍 If you missed it, worry not...it will be forever viewable below!
Give it a watch here! 👇
If you can only remember one thing from our chat, remember to always shine your shoes for the Fat Lady—do your best, always. Thanks for the reminder, Ted (and J.D.).