Let's get on with Part III of the interview, okay?
Q: Now, you have a DVD in the works chronicling your famous teen show. Tell us about it.
A: The DVD's called My Name Is Lloyd Thaxton: SO WHAT?? That's the way I'd begin each show: state my name, with the audience yelling the reply you just read. With so many memories, performers and terrific audiences on board, it's hard to pick just the right ones for the finished product. Already, I'm flattered by the number of people who've already written in with advance orders!
Q: Lloyd, if you could pick three specific moments in your television and broadcasting career that stand out as the most memorable, what would they be?
A: That's a tough one. All the moments are memorable. I have been blessed. I have always been happy with my work and it has given me so much enjoyment. Life is good.
I guess I would have to say that one of the most memorable moments in my life was when I was offered my first job out of college. It was as staff Announcer at WSPD-TV right in my own home town. It was a dream come true. Here was a station that I had been listening to all my life and I was actually WORKING THERE!
Number two big moment was the first time I went to New York City after my show went into syndication. Someone on the street came up and asked me for an autograph. It was thrilling to realize that my show was now on in New York City. Wow! BIG time
But, I have to say that the best moment of my life was when I heard my mother introducing me to some one as "This is my son, Lloyd Thaxton."
Note, she didn't say, "This is my son, Lloyd." It was "This is my son, Lloyd THAXTON!" I was so excited and happy that I was able to make my mother that proud of me. To her, I was really somebody. I WAS A CONTENDER!
Lloyd, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. You've accomplished so much, and brought so many smiles and good vibrations to people, during your career. It's been a total pleasure talking with you.
Thank YOU ... it was MY pleasure!
Let's do a little clarification here: Uncle Lloyd entered the game as a "contender" (as anybody in the entertainment business does) ...
but he left it as a true, 100%, American-made, dyed-in-the-wool WINNER!!
With his inspiration, we saw scores of local teen shows like Charlotte, NC's Kilgo's Kanteen emerge; various acts (some, just emerging) become major "contenders" for the gold (record) due in part to their appearances on his show; thousands more feel better about (and improve) themselves through his (and Alston's) book Stuff Happens. Thanks, in part, to his creativity, we've seen the growing popularity of something called the music video. That's not including everyone who was taught a little about consumer items through his Fight Back! vignettes, or those whose knowledge was enriched by his Today Show segments!
MOUSERS!! Just got an IDEA!! (well, there's ALWAYS a first time, right??) LET'S BAND TOGETHER TO GET LLOYD INTO THE "ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME"!
If you're in, just lemme know here, at my regular email, or on our Facebook page, We Remember Lloyd Thaxton.
Now, I've got more coming up in about 24, so ...
stay tuned ...