I was invited to be a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, with host Joe Scarborough. Monday, April 29th, a special show for the six month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy originating from the Jersey shore. To watch the five minute segment CLICK HERE.
It was a little confusing for me, being my first time on live national TV. Instead of the usual studio it was a temporary stage on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was a stormy morning with a light rain -- I thought a perfect backdrop to recollect Sandy. The hosts, Joe Scarborough, Mike Barnicle, Jon Meacham, and Mika Brzezinski were great. They all took pictures with me holding up the book. See Facebook for the photos.
Watching the video is a little humbling, but allows me to see what to do differently next time. Overall I really enjoyed it and found the questions to be insightful. I now see clearly that different show formats require different length answers. For this one I should have gone for the shorter responses. Next time...
An added bonus was that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was also on the program though in a different segment. I got to spend some good time chatting with he and his wife Mary Pat in the "green room" which was in fact a very enjoyable restaurant, right on the beach. The governor was extremely personable and impressive in his focus on the issues without any partisan agenda. He appreciated getting a copy of my book and said he may call me after he reads it.
As a point of reference, my book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis was published on October 22, exactly one week before the storm. It was eerie timing since one of the possible scenarios described in the book was a superstorm hitting Atlantic City and New York City -- almost exactly as it occurred.