Every afternoon I stand by a second floor window in the Ed Sullivan Theater and take mediocre photos of guests as they enter and leave the Late Show with David Letterman. In the foreground of each shot is a wad of old gum I noticed on the window ledge. There may be better paparazzi photos on the internet, but this is the only place you'll find the juxtaposition of celebrities and hardened gum. Enjoy!
Behold the modern nighttime CelebriGum photo! Still mediocre, yet a vast improvement over previous years' fall and winter efforts!
Two pieces of equipment make this possible: a cheap little clip-on LED light which illuminates the ledge, and the Sony DSC-RX100, an impressive pocket-size camera with full manual control, an f1.8 Carl Zeiss lens, and a huge 1 inch 20.2 megapixel sensor that allows for excellent low-light shots at high ISO settings, even with fast shutter speeds for freezing motion.
Your eyes may glaze over at camera specs, but Simon Helberg's engineering nerd character Howard Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory" would find them enthralling.
And no, I didn't buy a fancy new camera just for CelebriGum. It's also my "real" camera for non-gum situations:
Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Times Square at night
Daughter Hannah on the top of the observation tower, Mt. Tom, Connecticut
I've been informed by the FBI that these hitherto-unpublished CelebriGum photos of Anderson Cooper were discovered on Paula Broadwell's computer. While not "classified" in a military sense, they're confidential and highly sensitive. It's a serious security breach for CelebriGum.
Also, while Anderson is certainly worthy of a biography, and is clearly a dynamic, charismatic, attractive man… all I can say is, good luck with that one, Paula.
In the next photo, Ms. Maddow will have emerged from behind the window ledge, revealing her brightly colored shoes. Take a moment now to jot down your guess.
Hint: it's the color Ms. Maddow would like to see states turn on electoral maps on Tuesday night.
Additional hint: Ms. Maddow is known to be politically left-leaning.
Additional hint: the Democratic party is the major U.S. political party generally associated with the "left."
Yet another hint: political maps traditionally assign the color red to states won by the Republican presidential candidate, and blue to states won by the Democratic presidential candidate.
Did you make your guess yet? (You're not one of those undecided voters, are you?)
How much longer can I delay the reveal?
Hint: a little longer.
Additional hint: a "hint" is an indirect clue or suggestion.
That wasn't really a hint, was it? Sorry. Here are Rachel Maddow's shoes.
It'll be very interesting to see how things play out Tuesday night: Rachel Maddow's sneakers vs. two little girls' coats. Good luck to all maps, states, and colors on Tuesday, and thanks to everyone who played or pretended to play!
With the 2012 campaign not even finished yet, politicians are already looking ahead to 2016 and jockeying for position. Former Pennsylvania Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently visited the Late Show, and issued this statement for publication on CelebriGum:
"All across this great land, small businesses like CelebriGum represent the bright promise of the 21st century. Photographs of celebrities with old gum create jobs, promote energy independence, increase our prestige abroad, protect our environment, keep kids in school and out of gangs, and lower health care costs. I'm pro-celebrity, pro-gum, and pro-mediocre photography. Thank you, and may God bless America."
Wow. I'm flattered that he thinks the CelebriGum community is worth sucking up to.