You would have thought we were approaching CIA Headquarters at Langley. Andy gave his name to the guard at the guardhouse. The guard gave Andy a pass card for his dashboard. We parked and I followed Andy toward the entrance to CBS’ headquarters.
Then we went through the entrance doors. Suddenly, I felt zero nervousness. Suddenly, I felt like I’d grown five inches taller and packed on twenty pounds of muscle.
As Andy and I walked along the corridors of power that lead to the executive offices, I thought about how this was exactly what I wanted. Well, maybe not ‘exactly’. I never thought I’d end up writing for children’s television. But television and motion pictures were where I wanted to be and now that’s where I was at. So it was exactly where I wanted to be at.
The receptionist said hello to Andy. Cool that she knows his name, I thought. We walked through a set of glass doors and Judy’s secretary said hi to Andy. Really cool, I thought. She pressed a button on the intercom. Andy stayed standing. And in that instant I knew how the meeting was going to go down. I could have scripted it. I was born for this moment.
The doors opened, we walked into her office, Judy Price stood, held her arms held out wide toward me, a big smile on her face as she declared, “Jackie-poo!!!”
I smiled back. Yeah. I knew how it was going to go down. I could have scripted it…