The guest contestant on this 'Not My Job' segment of NPR's pop culture quiz, Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! is Hall of Fame quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Young. The interview with guest host Mike Pesca is enjoyable, though not nearly as much as I know Steve Young can be. He seems a bit uncertain about the show, and only at the very end do you hear his voice say, almost with surprise, "This was a lot of fun."
I have high standards for listening to Steve Young though because of a speech I heard him give years ago. On a public radio station I listen to, they used to have a weekly broadcast from of guest speeches from San Francisco's famous Commonwealth Club. They covered all range of topics, and were very insightful. One week, Steve Young was the speaker, and he was wonderful. Alas, I don't remember any specifics, but I've always remembered how he closed the speech. The long version was what helped make it so good, leading up to the point, but I'll keep it short. And paraphrase it as best I can remember. He was explaining --
"After we won the Super Bowl one year, I was selected the MVP. And as a result of that, I was given a free trip to Disneyland and got to lead the parade through the park. So, there I was, as the guest of the parade, making my way through Disneyland, with the streets lined with thousand of people cheering. And I'm feeling really great about myself. Taking in all the cheers and waving. And when the parade was over, I got off the float, walking around, and still feeling great. And a little boy came up to me, and I was all pumped up to sign an autograph, and he asked me if I knew Mickey Mouse. And it was at that moment that I realized -- as big as you ever may think you are... you will never be as big as Mickey Mouse."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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