Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954. Howard is a radio and television personality, comedian, and author. Best known for The Howard Stern Show which was syndicated from 1986 to 2005 and currently has is broadcast on Sirius XM since 2006 and some may remember him as one of the judges on America’s Got Talent from 2012-2015. He’s a self proclaimed King of all Media and many would agree. While I was living in New York City I had the pleasure of listening to Stern on 92.3 WXRK K-Rock and while they were filming Private Parts which was his first book/biography made into a movie I worked in the building that they shot the NBC conference room scenes.
In many ways I do find Howard to be highly intelligent and perhaps it’s from listening to him for years or from reading Private Parts and Miss America. I have still yet to read his latest book Howard Stern Comes Again. I don’t necessarily consider him a genius nor am I but both being highly intelligent and I think it’s the fate of those of us that are higher on the scale. I think the smarter you are often there are more quirks that you have and they’ve always said that there’s a fine line between genius and madness.
Howard has referred to himself often, especially when talking to women that he’s a ‘schlub’ but he’s definitely endearing and maybe it’s his personality. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Howard when I first heard him but then I read his books and Robin Quiver’s book, Quivers: A Life, and started listening to the show and became a fan. Is some of his humor a bit odd? Sure, he’s a man and some of it pushes or has pushed the boundaries of the FCC and TV and maybe it’s cause of the rebellious spirit or that I can identify with the wild side persona. Everyone has a side of themselves that they’d like to be like but Howard gets to act out his.
I suppose I should mention my New York-ex (Rey) that got me to live in New York City and introduced me to Howard Stern. He got to work at the radio station WXRK and was an extra in one of his videos. No, before anyone gets excited I didn’t get ‘introduced’ to Howard, I only wish but he would tell me what Howard was like from having worked with him. I did however get some autographed pictures of the staff of the Howard Stern show and also my ex was board operator for Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister, who I did get to talk to on more than one opportunity and got his autograph. Fame from my understanding is not something that everyone can handle and there is more than one side of it that we see and what is real. Rey taught me how to be fearless, how to be outgoing and how to treat celebrities because living in New York City you do get to see quite a few of them. It was a valuable lesson that I continue to abide by… you don’t faint at their feet and scream your head off like a teenager, you treat them with respect and like anybody else. Does it work with all of them? No some have egos or the money goes to their heads but many are just the same as you and me. So, thank you Rey for those lessons and Happy birthday Howard Stern!