Making it All About You

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died, but that didn't stop one Houston Reporter from making it all about her. 

KTRK Reporter Melanie Lawson says meeting Franklin was one of the greatest thrills of her life.

She then writes, Franklin was scheduled to perform in Houston in late 2002, and I was given the chance by a friend who ran the Arena Theater to fly to Dallas the night before and interview her there.

I was a nervous wreck! I'd been a fan of Aretha's for as long as I could remember, and I wanted to do a good job.

We watched her rock the house in Dallas, then we were told to set up our camera backstage for the interview.

We waited for well over an hour, and then she walked in. She was fanning herself like crazy, and kept calling me "Melissa." But I didn't care - this was Aretha!

I asked her three or four questions, then she suddenly got up and said she was done - that she was hungry and tired, and her feet hurt. We even had to chase her down to get our wireless microphone back!

I was devastated and worried we wouldn't have enough of an interview to do a story on her. But with a wonderful photographer and editor, we were able to put together several stories.

In fact, they got so much attention that the Arena Theater added a third night to meet the demand.

John and I went to the show that night, and we sat on the second row. Clyde Drexler (Basketball player) was also there, sitting on the first row, and she called him out, saying she was a big fan.

Then she turned my way and said, "Hi, Melanie." I was flabbergasted, since I didn't even think she knew my name!

She then went onto say, I was so sad when I heard about her passing this morning, even though it was not unexpected.

Nothing like making the passing of a music legend all about yourself. 

It is another edition of all about me tv.