Today is the last episode of Oprah.
I haven’t ever known television without Oprah (I am 28).
I can’t believe her show won’t be on to indulge in anymore on my days off.
In honor of the last episode, I thought I would share about the time my friend Marissa and I went to The Oprah Show.
We went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a short two-hour bus ride from Chicago. At that time, Oprah.com would post last minute ticket availability on their website. I think you had to call or write in if you were able to attend.
I set that page as my homepage and after a few weeks secured two tickets! When the woman called me that she had two tickets, I was over the top excited.
Marissa and I took the bus early, early in the morning, then a bus to get to the studio. It was a cold day in January.
When we got there, I excitedly chatted with the lady checking us in.
I was REALLY excited.
Really, REALLY, REALLY excited.
She was so kind and I think didn’t quite know what to do with my excitement.
So she did what someone at Oprah only could.
She put us in the FRONT row.
The episode a recap of Oprah’s 50th birthday, so it was her and Gayle chatting and a lot of clips from the celebration.
After the show we all got Karen Neubauer pajamas that said Oprah’s 50th Birthday on them and matching socks. The gift bags must have been leftovers from the show because everything was L – XXL. I got an XL, but didn’t even care.
I have worn them proudly for eight years.
Matthew is SO over them, but they are so big and comfy – and about the only pjs that fit these days.
Today I will be celebrating 25 great years of Oprah on television – and thinking of my fond memories of being in her studios.
Will you be watching the show today? Have you ever been to a taping of Oprah?
Be sure to check out Matthew’s column on The Washington Post about Oprah’s last show.
and for fun, some of Oprah’s best moments: