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Friday, September 22, 2006

Have you Met Lenny?

If you watch the show formerly known as Katie and now known as Meredith, you recognize Lenny. He’s in the crowd every morning.

Who is he?

I dunno.

I figured I could do a little internet searching and figure it out. All I found was other people talking about how they couldn’t find anything about him either. And yes, Thea, I even tried “Googling my brains out.” It’s exhausting.

Now, as Glenn Beck would say…Here’s what I do know:

His first name is Lenny. His last name is Boyette. Lenny Boyette.

He’s from the Bronx.

He stands in the crowd of the Today Show every morning and he’s never in the third or even second row; he’s always right in front. He even gets a front row spot on concert days—even if there’s a big concert like Kool and the Gang.

I remember the first time Matt Lauer acknowledged him. He said something like, “We see you here every day, what’s your name?”

He said, “Lenny.”

I don’t remember what happened after that but I guess we didn’t get anymore information.

Then he was gone for a couple of weeks back in 2000 or 2001. When he came back Matt asked him where he’d been and he said he had to have surgery.

And apparently he wasn’t there just to stalk Katie (as was my original theory). He’s continued to show up to the show these last two weeks while Meredith and Al pretend to like each other through clenched teeth. Today he even brushed some lint off of Meredith’s shoulder and then she turned and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Matt gave him a high five!

I think he might even go to Weekend Today but I’m not sure. I’ll check tomorrow and let you know.

Here’s what I don’t know:

Who he is
Why he comes to the Today Show every morning
How he manages to stand there for three hours crammed in with all those people. (I did it once and I could only last about 45 minutes.)
How early he has to get there to get that good spot
If he has a job
If he eats breakfast before he arrives or after (and if it's cereal, is he a sogger or a cruncher?)
Why he always wears sunglasses and a hat
His opinion on Neil Diamond

Thanks for playing "Have you met Lenny?" I hope you feel like you know him better now. If you don't, no need to worry. I've been watching the dude for seven years and I just figured out his last name.

And if I had to guess, I'd say he's a sogger.


carriecain said...

I sure would like to know more too. If I find out anything I'll let you know. Where are you going to try to find the answers??

Writinggal said...

I think I will go to NYC and try to interview him!

Frank said...

And don’t forget about Einstein. He is the Jerry Garcia looking Lenny want-a-be. I haven’t seen him lately, so he may have just been stalking Katie.

lizcrewzn said...

I will ask NYC-Kate if she has any insight into this crazy man.

Danny said...

Makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

If you need it the login & password are
login: zipperhead99
Password: youdontcare

atog254 said...

Came on to the Today Show late, but they were talking about an article in a newpaper about Lenny. 1/15/07

If anyone locates this paper please let me know more about Lenny.

keith said...

The Today Show did a small piece on Lenny a few years ago. A viewer wrote in inquiring about him and wanted desperately to meet him. She flew to New York and presented him with flowers and he gave her a gift as well. She was so enamored with his ability to withstand the brutal elements and show up everyday that she sought to publicly thank him. It was nice because I've always wondered who he was myself.

L. Ruth said...

He is a retired military person. This is his hobby -- his routine. His favorite person is Anne Curry -- probably because she is such a sweetheart.

L. Ruth said...

This is a New York Times article about Lenny

CubaDreamer said...

Lenny has been missing now for about 3 days. "Einstein" passed away a few years ago. He did not take his medication. Lenny is very nice to talk to. He is a retired military man and yes, this is his hobby. I hope he is OK.