Today was a very early start for me. I arrived at the Law School around 4:30 am to watch the live broadcast of the CNBC show “Squawk Box”. It was exciting as I was pulling up in the parking lot one of the other cars in the lot was a very large satellite truck with a bunch of wires leading up to the Reading Room of the library! When I arrived on the second floor there were about a dozen technicians working the lights, cameras and microphones to make the show work remotely. Then there was our host for the morning, Becky Quick, sitting and preparing for the broadcast. There were a couple of checks to make sure the feed was getting back and forth between Chicago and New York and then at 5:00 am the show started. The show’s theme was the “Midwest Wing” and a look at how President-Elect Obama got his start in Chicago.
The first guest was our very own, Professor Douglas Baird, who hired President-Elect Obama to teach at the Law School. Here is a link to his interview http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=994477926&play=1. He did a great job and offered some interesting tidbits. Then there were a couple more interviews including Dan Hynes the Comptroller for the State of Illinois, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, and the State of Illinois treasure, Alexi Giannoulias . If you are interested, here is a link to these interviews http://www.cnbc.com/id/15838368. Becky of course had to ask each of the guests some questions concerning our current governor and each provided their own insights. The show was over at 8:00 am and by 9:15 all of the equipments was being wheeled onto the trucks and our guests from New York were on their way home. About 20 students were able to watch the show live from the third floor balcony and they even got some tv time plus a special CNBC/Squawk Box scarf! I have to say this was not an ordinary Monday morning at the Law School! Now back to reading applications!!!