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Brokaw Humbled

Tom Brokaw tells about an experience he had after taking the lead chair on the Today show. He started at a small station in Omaha. Then he put in his time in L.A., then Washington. Then he "made it" at the New York headquarters of NBC. Walking through Bloomingdale's one day, inhaling the fumes of his ego, a man stopped him and said, "You're Tom Brokaw, aren't you?"

He said, "Right."

"You used to do the morning news on KMTV in Omaha, didn't you?"

"That's right," Brokaw replied, impressed by the guy's knowledge of his career.

The guy paused, looked him over again, and said, "Well, whatever happened to you?"

- As told by James A. Harnish,  "Are You Humble Enough to be Wise?" Tampa, Fla., September 21, 1997