This goes back to those, for me, great days in the late 1980s when I worked happily on and for VH1 as a veejay and talk show host in New York City. If I got a book deal to write a celebrity memoir or collection of observations like every single one of those Real Housewives seems to get, this would definitely be in my book. It's about my first interview of celebrated filmmaker Spike Lee. More specifically, it's a little story behind his understandable tardiness to our studio for that interview.
"What?!?," Sharon responded.
Then the filmmaker told us that the driver would not let him into the car. He locked the doors. He didn't have time to argue with the driver because it was getting late for our interview. So he took the subway. From Brooklyn to our studio near 30th and Third in Manhattan. Where Spike lived in Brooklyn, Yellow cabs weren't plentiful. Trust me, I know. Spike took a train, got off and dashed to our VH1 studio. Sharon got on the phone, called the car service company, demanded to speak to the manager and took care of business. The manager called the driver in his car and confirmed that Spike Lee's story was accurate. The driver sent to pick up the film director at his home address did not let him into the town car because..."he didn't look like a film director." That's what the driver told his boss. Sharon fumed, "What's a film director supposed to look like?!?! Does Penny Marshall 'look like a film director'?" Penny is a Caucasian actress/filmmaker who had no problem with a car service driver.