Shields on Fallon, O'Neal on Meyers
On Tuesday, November 18th, Brooke Shields agreed to be interviewed by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonite Show, to discuss her new book, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. Early on, she mentions that her mother was from Newark, but wanted to go places — "get out of Newark", is, I think, the (unfortunate) way Ms. Shields put it. But hey, two mentions of Newark in the first two minutes of her interview is pretty good. And the mention was only "Newark", not also "New Jersey" — because, after all, everyone knows Newark. As well they should.
In any case, Brooke's mother apparently wanted to pursue career opportunities that were not readily available in Newark, in that the entertainment industry was based elsewhere. Fortunately for her, New York, the East Coast center of the entertainment industry, was just a quick hop from Newark, so exploring options there would not have uprooted her jarringly in the way that it would people in, say, the Midwest or South.
I thought I had addressed, years ago, Brooke Shields's Newark connection, but do not find it in this blog, nor in a quick review of my Resurgence City website. Where did I speak to that? I used to have a great deal more text online than I now have (probably well more than a million words, in various websites on various topics). But the very inexpensive, Australian webhost I had been paying for stopped working, and I had to move only what seemed the most important materials to a free webhost. Maybe my discussion of Brooke Shields's Newark ancestry is in one of the pages I did not put on the free webhost, due to insufficient storage and bandwidth allowances. I may eventually recall where I put that. It might even still be online somewhere. If so, and I find it, I'll update this post with a link to that site.
Shaq on Meyers. The same nite, Shaquille O'Neal appeared on Late Nite with Seth Meyers. Altho Brooke Shields was not, herself, born in Newark, but Shaq was, Mr. O'Neal didn't mention Newark at all, whereas Ms. Shields mentioned this splendid city twice. Meyers asked about Shaq's business ventures, which could, and, to my mind, should have led to Shaq's mentioning Newark Screens, in which he is or was a principal, and/or his proposed highrise apartment house to be built over the old SciHi. Both of those projects lie less than 20 miles from where the interview took place. But Shaq didn't mention either venture. Pity.