Last year, I wrote a sarcastic appraisal of “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005”. I was astounded at her choices. which ranged from insipid to banal. Little did I realize at the time, but this post turned out to be the biggest international lure in bringing visitors to “Here in Van Nuys”.
I can see that many people come to this blog because they are looking for “Van Nuys Flyaway” or “Van Nuys and crime” or “Van Nuys and history”. But when I start getting people from New Zealand and Iceland and Russia who all type in “Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005” it becomes absolutely fascinating to me that anyone would care at all about her show–and that I could lasso the masses by merely posting the name “Barbara Walters” on my site.
Granted Ms. Walters, for the past 50 years, has been one of our finest journalists. She is drawn to the temporarily famous and infamous as a dog is to raw meat. Not even Dominick Dunne and Oprah Winfrey can hold a candle to the longevity of Ms. Walters’ proximity to the most important and meaningless persons in our world. ABC has jealously kept her at their network since at least 1976. They must know something about her feminine charms and the secret scented “BW” spot that turns men into animals.
Perhaps there is something more than her well known guests that draw admirers around the globe to her. She must be a new prototype of a sex goddess, who radiates a carnal attractiveness through the cathode ray tubes. There are new sex goddesses who are decades younger than Barbara Walters, but she is perhaps the most overlooked hottie of 2006, one who can bring more visitors to a blog than the words, “Paris Hilton Nude”. She did date Henry Kissinger after all.
Barbara Walters: you are the most fascinating woman of 2006.