One strange byproduct of the inauguration are all of the lost tapes - not to mention lost photo essays or college phone-book listings - coming out of the woodwork from Obama's days as a state senator - or west coast college student or east coast college student.
But my favorite entry in the Obama Lost Tape Derby was the one I read about in my latest email from Zagat (which each week gives me updates on LA. restaurants I generally haven't heard of and can't afford).
It turns out the new prez taped an episode of the entertaining Chicago TV show Check, Please! (which each week reviewed Chicago restaurants I generally hadn't heard of but could afford) when he was a state senator way back in... oh, 2001. And, at least according to Zagat, the episode never aired because - their words, not mine - "the producers felt he wasn't 'amateur' enough."
See, it's not easy being a Great Orator.
What I liked even better was that the restaurant Obama chose to review was the Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Hyde Park, where I enjoyed all manner of blackened and fried tastiness more than once during my years in the tundra. Hey, maybe I ate with the future prez!
The Chicago public TV station that carries Check, Please made the very sensible decision to air the Obama episode this week. But - assuming this magic link works - you should be able to watch it right here. Oh, you're welcome.
Also, that photosynth thing on CNN's web site is extra-way-super-mind-bogglingly cool. I want one.