By Armand Whyte, OSL
Katie Couric, 54, is one of the most highly paid anchors on television.
What's the reason for her success? Is she the hardest-working newshound or the toughest interviewer?
Of course not. Katie Couric is famous for her tanned, toned legs in high heels. Poor Katie has just split from boy toy lover and athlete Brooks Perlin, 37.
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Katie Couric, the tasteful face of toned legs
Katie Couric's best days may well be behind her, but the queen of crossed legs deserves accolades, medals, and kudos for launching the short skirt, crossed legs, and spiked heels look on morning television.
It was Katie Couric who taught us why a vanity board is called a vanity board. Before Katie bared her tanned, toned legs to the world, television presenters sat behind boring desks so that only their top half could be seen.
Then some bright spark had the idea of seating morning television presenters on a sofa. At first, very little leg was shown. It was all so dull and subdued.
Katie Couric's magnificent contribution was to shortern her skirts, sharpen her heels, and tone her limbs. That's when American men started to take an interest in morning television.
Much has happened since those early, leggy days. Skirts are tighter and shorter; Jimmy Choo and Louboutin shoes are even more spiked and daring; the presenters are younger; and legs are longer.
It didn't occur to us that Katie Couric is only 5 feet 3 inches in her spiked heels. We didn't notice that. We weren't interested in her from the waist upward.
Truth be told, we were always rather scared of her gummy smile and over-painted face, which was more and more covered in make-up the older she got. Television is cruel to women as they age.Timeless Katie Couric
But somehow, Katie Couric's legs remained timeless and ageless.
Millions of us remain loyal to Katie, both for nostalgic reasons but also because we too have aged> We can see beauty in women over 50. Katie's legs are still tremendously beautiful as they glisten below the studio lights.
We can forgive Katie for seeking greener pastures and for believing she was a more serious presenter than her morning televsion image allowed. She, and her studio, wrongly believed her huge following was a result of journalistic talent rather than her beautiful, gleaming limbs and her Manolo Blahnik heels.
But we all know that had Katie worn pants on morning television, we would not have allowed her to keep us company as we sipped our coffee and crunched on Cheerios.
My first encounter with the phenomenon that is Katie Couric was during a conference in Tennessee. Holed up in my hotel room in Nashville, I was flicking through dozens of tv channels when my attention was caught by a women with bronze legs, dangling high heels from her toes.
I can't recall what she was talking about or who she was interviewing. My entire focus was on that shoe dangling delicately on a pretty foot, almost about to fall but not quite.
This was not television as I knew it, certainly not morning television, which I'd associated with recipes for bad food, silly scoops about pets, and loud weather presentes in front of colorful maps.
I missed that morning's opening conference session as I waited and watched, wanting to find out the name of this leggy woman on morning tv. I caught Katie, but Katie what?
I then heard Couric but had no idea how to spell it. Kourich? Coorik? Kurik? It was all a mystery.
As so many people before me, I was helped and saved by the great Google. I typed
Katie, morning television, legs into the search box and was greeted by dozens of sites devoted to Katie Couric and her gorgeous legs.
I decided to launch a Katie legs site of my own, which grew into this site. It became the most popular Couric site on the internet, with 6 million hits a day at its highpoint. This site's Katie Couric pages are mentioned on Wikipedia for that reason alone.
Katie Couric helped launch my second career as an internet entrepreneur dedicated to cutting through the bs of big corporate websites, bringing news and gossip to readers who want it fast and unfiltered.
Katie and her legs have made me a lot of money. She taught me a valuable lesson: build a career on your strengths. Those strengths might be your legs, your mind, your inventiveness, your abillity to work 18-hour shifts, or your skill at making people feel good, whatever it is, focus on it and build.
It is important to remain true to what makes you successful. For Katie Couric it is her legs, not her ability to bring hard news stories to viewers, not her ability to ferret and dig for a scoop. Couric is no Bob Woodward or John Pilger. She is a television presenter with beautiful legs. Stay true to that, Katie Couric.
By all means, age with grace and style. Make yourself appeal to an older audience, but do not forget those of us who supported and encouraged your career. We are your loyal fans. We are on your side.
And so it is with this site. We know what we are doing. We know what works. We are not Dow Jones or the Washington Post. We are not CNN or the Entertainment Channel. We are a site built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Which explains why we are doing so well. And long may it continue.
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