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That Time I Passed Henry Kissinger and Tom Brokaw at a Crosswalk in New York City

Herbie J Pilato
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I'll never forget this throwback moment from the fall of 2009: when I passed Henry Kissinger and Tom Brokaw at a crosswalk in New York City.

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In the fall of 2009, I was on a three-day assignment in New York City. At one point during my stay, I was crossing the street in the middle of Manhattan, when low and below, former and legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw just so happened to run into, of all people, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

It was the first time they had seen each other in years. And there they were - the re-meeting of two great minds...right in front of me...on the crosswalk, and out of the blue. And I had just got my first smartphone and camera. Good thing, too!


I was the only one on the street who noticed this monumental reunion between Henry Kissinger and Tom Brokaw, which was bizarre in and out itself.

[Note: This article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events directly experienced by the author.]

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including the newly-published CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY biography, the revised BIONIC BOOK, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, and more. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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