Has it really been only a month since Oprah Winfrey signed off as host of one of the most successful shows in TV history with "The Oprah Winfrey Show"?
We sure do chew 'em up and forget about 'em fast when in comes to milestones in American life, don't we?
We so taht even when the milestone involves a program as landmark as "The Oprah Winfrey Show." As I wrote in a Sun magazine interview/profile of Winfrey in May, the only TV franchise that can compare to her talk show in terms of longevity, earnings and cultural impact is "60 Minutes."
And now, serious Winfrey fans can re-live it all with a commemorative "bookazine" published by Hearst. Here's the release:
"O, The Oprah Magazine" unveils a special collector’s edition bookazine celebrating 25 unforgettable seasons. Oprah and her team reminisce about the show’s early days, when they begged passersby to take a seat in the audience, and recount their favorite moments of what was to become a show that changed television history. Oprah’s Farewell Celebration: Inside 25 Extraordinary Years of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (148 pages, $11.99) is a joyful and comprehensive insider’s look at the 25 seasons of aha moments, tears, surprises and triumphs that have meant so much to so many.
Issue highlights include:
• Oprah’s selection of her 25 most unforgettable show moments, from give-aways and adventures to stories of courage and generosity.
• Interviews with Oprah’s Ultimate Viewers who were inspired to change their lives, and the lives of others, for the better.
• The founding team of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” reveals never-before-heard stories on the show’s launch and their most treasured moments with Oprah.
• A peek into Oprah’s private diary, with an entry written exactly eight hours before the show’s live national debut on September 8, 1986.
• Oprah’s reflections on a quarter-century of hair and fashion hits and misses, with details on her prep process from the dressing room to the stage.
• Oprah’s Farewell Message to viewers.
The official commemorative edition can be pre-ordered online at oprah.com/omagazine, and starting today, the digital edition is also available on NOOK newsstand
And if you are waiting for me to say something sarcastic and snarky about the language of the press release or what some have characterized as the Cult of Oprah, forget it. In the final analysis, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" made television -- and this country -- better while it was on the air.