Hello again, Chris Licht


Morning Joe’s former executive producer Chris Licht is back – as a guest this time, to talk about his new book, “What I Learned When I Almost Died: How a Maniac TV Producer Put Down His BlackBerry and Started to Live His Life.”

As fans of the show know, Chris suffered a near-fatal aneurysm last year.

Here’s video of his appearance from the show this morning:

Other tidbits (as excerpted by Mike Allen of Politico in this morning’s Playbook):

“Lately, if I happen to be looking through my address book for a phone number, I’m apt to stop when I come across the name of someone I haven’t been in touch with for a while. … I’m likely to fire off an e-mail: … Hey, how you been? The gesture is a small one, but I didn’t used to do this. … If someone screwed up, I could go off like a roadside bomb … But serious illness [an aneurysm last year at age 38, on the ride back to his D.C. hotel after the show] had recalibrated me. … It would be nice, I thought, if everyone could get the education I had gotten without having to nearly die. So I decided to write this book.”

“Mika and Joe did a special Sunday edition of the show from the lawn of the White House … because the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was going to take place the night before … But without msnbc available in my room [at George Washington ICU], I couldn’t see the special … So we called NBC from my hospital room, and … listened in on speakerphone … Someone told Joe … ‘How are you feeling right now, Chris,’ Joe said., ‘and how are they treating you at GW?”… ‘Well,’ I said, ‘if you want to know just how bored I am in the hospital, you ever wonder who looks at the online feed of the people at the dinner before the dinner actually starts? That was me.’ ‘That is dark.’ Willie laughed.”

From Chapter 17, “The Meaning of Time”:

“These days, I call home more than I used to, just to see how [his wife] Jenny is. Dad and I are vastly closer. At work, I’ve noticed that when someone asks me a question or presents an issue for decision, I don’t answer as quickly and dismissively as I used to. A second or two ticks by. I consider the question. I consider them. … True, Mr. BlackBerry and I are as entwined as ever. … Joe has an expression: ‘Scared money never win.’ It means simply, play with confidence. Believe in yourself. My decisions come easier now and they’re clearer.”

Mo’Joe blog readers, we’d like to know: Have any of you had experiences that helped you realize important things about life? If so, care to share what happened and what you learned?

Hello again, Chris Licht