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A Tiger in the WoodsTim King Salem-News.com
Are celebrity character traits observed by a working journalist a sign of bigger things to come?
(SALEM, Ore.) - When it comes to a person with the celebrity status of Tiger Woods, I know my voice is a small one in the world. However, I thought in light of the recent developments in his career, including being dropped by sponsor AT&T, that some people might find these personal observations of the man interesting.
You see, a TV news photographer typically doesn't miss much at an event. Our eyes and ears are busy monitoring all kinds of things simultaneously. If you spend five years working in Las Vegas as I did, you inevitably meet celebrities and work with them. In some cases, you are left with a degree of knowledge about the individuals, and their levels of character.
I recall the day Tiger Woods suited up and flew with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. Covering that was one of my assignments of the day, as a Photojournalist/Reporter with Sin City's NBC affiliate KVBC.
Woods had a certain air about him that screamed of ego, but I can accept that. Still, in my world, this guy is no more of an athlete and expert in his field than those pilots. What I recall was the pilots clamoring around him like a bunch of kids, and while he was into that, he had not the time of day for any of the journalists there to showcase the event.
Then later my wife Bonnie who worked for the Las Vegas WB station, caught up with Tiger at Andre Agassi's All Star Cafe. A promotion had been planned in conjunction with his appearance, and the place was packed shoulder to shoulder with fans, trying to just catch a glimpse of their hero.
Even though the event was planned, Woods, seated in the exclusive area in the restaurant's upstairs area, declined to walk over to the rail and wave to his fans, and toss out a bunch of t-shirts that Bonnie's station had printed up to commemorate the event.
People were unhappy; the station's promotional deal with Tiger Woods' people was unfulfilled, and why? Because he wouldn't keep his obligation and didn't honor his end of the bargain.
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