May 8, 2005
BlogNashville Saturday Pictures
By QBlog in Blog News
Who dat is?
Some people think JD Lasica looks a bit like Dr. Evil. What do you think? Oh, and did he mention that he's selling some book or something... I forget.
Went to the Red Restaurant for dinner with Bob Cox, Mark Glaser and John Jay Hooker. It was one of the most interesting dinners I've had in my life. John Jay Hooker is a bit of a legend around Tennessee and in the political arena. He claims to be friends with Muhammad Ali, Robert Kennedy (when alive) and Oprah Winfrey. He doesn't have a blog but is interested in how blogs can help him in his fight to reform election laws.
During dinner, Cox and Hooker (does that sound like the title of a bad porno?) had a lively discussion about the so-called "Nuclear Option" currently being debated in Congress. At one point Hooker pulled out his copy of the U.S. Constitution (doesn't every lawyer cary a copy wherever he goes?) and read to us from one of the articles discussing Senate rules... or something. It was a rather surreal moment that I was able to catch on camera — John Jay Hooker reading the U.S. Constitution to a couple of bloggers inside a gay bar.
I most enjoyed witnessing Hooker's enthusiasm for blogging. He's a 75-year-old man who knew virtually nothing about blogs prior to BlogNashville and is now saying that he senses something really big is happening with the blogosphere. He wants to take blogging to "the next level."
It's late and I need to get some sleep. I'll post more about BlogNashville tomorrow.