Continuing my chat with Matt, we meet another special person, Michael Wilbon, who was in town last year in November for a Northwestern football game. On that same day he volunteered to host a Q&A with 50 students. Matt was one of those students, listening and taking in an inspiring session. Below is a video highlighting moments from the Q&A with Mike Wilbon.
Thanks so much for being here. -Mia
Last year you met Michael Wilbon, the former sports columnist at The Washington Post, who is now with ESPN. How was it meeting Mr. Wilbon and what do you remember most from that event?
Mike Wilbon is one of the most down to earth people I've met. When you see people on TV, you always wonder if they are a completely different person off camera. But that is not the case with Wilbon—what you see is what you get.
He was in town for a Northwestern football game and volunteered to host a Q&A with 50 students in the football press box after the game. I was lucky enough to get on the list because I responded to the email invite right away. Anyways, he spent more than two hours answering our questions—everything from Michael Jordan to diversity in the newsroom. He was extremely candid and didn't shy away from any questions.
I even worked up the nerve to ask him if the Cubs would win a World Series in his lifetime, and whether or not he thought the Billy Goat curse was real?
He just shook his head and said "No chance in hell they win a world series in my lifetime." He went on to say the curse is real and he doesn't think he can suffer much more as a die-hard Cubs fan. He spent a good 10 minutes going on about all of the heartbreak he's experienced, and as a Sox fan, it was fun to hear.
The best thing about the entire Q&A—it was his birthday! And instead of going out with his kid and wife right after the game, he took time to take and answer all of our questions and then pose for pictures afterwards. He was an incredible person and it felt like I was just talking to a regular guy—not a celebrity. And that's the kind of person I hope to be one day.
* Join us next week on April 30, 2012 for Part IV, the last installment of Mia's Chat with Matt ~ from here to there. Or subscribe to receive Part IV (and all our Monday posts) via email. If you missed the previous installments of Mia's Chat with Matt, click here for Part I ~ from accounting to sports journalism and here for Part II ~ the Northwestern University application process. *
* A top story in The Becoming Daily. April 2012. *