By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A Northeast Mississippian will go nationwide courtesy of “The CBS Early Show” on Wednesday.
Amory native and Oxford resident Sam Haskell will be interviewed in New York, and the show will air from 7 to 9 a.m. on WCBI.
Haskell said he’s sure to talk about his book, “Promises I Made My Mother,” which came out in 2009 and recently went into its third printing.
The book is the story of Haskell’s rise from a young television fan in Amory to vice president and worldwide head of television at William Morris Agency. Along the way, he relied on the principles he learned from his mother, Mary Kirkpatrick Haskell.
“I think they’re also interested that I’ve come back to Mississippi and I’m still doing everything I’m doing from here,” he said.
He’s retired from William Morris, and now serves as chairman of the Miss America Organization. The pageant will be Jan. 14 on ABC.
The book and the pageant collided when Haskell and six former Miss Americas distributed copies of “Promises I Made My Mother” to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
“I was Bob Hope, and we went from camp to camp,” he said.
One night, the Miss Americas were up at 3 a.m. giggling, and Haskell found himself apologizing to the soldiers he was bunking with.
“They said, ‘No, no, no. We love the chance to hear women’s voices,’” Haskell said.
The book includes stories of Haskell’s days working with Dolly Parton, Bette Davis, Debbie Allen, Ray Romano and other stars. A portion of the profits has gone to support numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Mary Kirkpatrick Scholarship Foundation.
“I couldn’t have predicted that the book would touch people’s hearts like it has,” Haskell said. “It’s been the most incredible, exhilarating experience of my life.”