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Check out the video we've posted today — yes, video of me bowling. And yes, I posted it to brag — I got a strike (I did not post the first four tosses that were not strikes, but they were also not gutters.) My husband, with some sarcasm, says he can't believe he is married to a bowler (snob?) I teased him back — don't worry. I grew up in Wisconsin and we bowled, it was fun. So, when we were in Las Vegas and toured the hotel room with the bowling alley, I picked up a bowling ball and checked to see if I still had "it" in me. Apparently I do.

I have also posted some pictures from our trip to L.A. and our interview of supermodel and talk show host, Tyra Banks . We did the interview of Tyra in her dressing room (no, we don't have dressing rooms at FOX, we come to work dressed for the show. Admit it, there is a part of you that is curious what a big-time entertainment network talk show host's dressing room looks like!)

Tyra was charming — very easy to talk to, very candid and very interesting. Her talk show has been on the air for more than a year and she talked to me about how the show has evolved in that year, how it has changed and her total immersion in its production and management. She does some fascinating undercover investigations.

On Monday, you can see the pictures I took from the set of the hit TV series "24" and the behind the scenes tour with Jon Cassar (executive producer/director of "24" and author of new "24" picture book: "24: Behind the Scenes.") Carlos Bernard who played Tony Almeida on the show was also part of the tour and there is at least one picture of him (yes, Tony "died" in season 5.)

I hope you noticed how we handled politics/election on our show last night in comparison to the many shows on TV which have other formats. Since we are on the heels of an advocacy/opinion show ("Hannity & Colmes "), we deliberately did "just the facts." We booked no advocates for a particular candidate. We are acutely aware that this is the eve of the election and I prefer to play it very straight... there is no margin of recovery should one of our guests make a mistake while opining about a candidate and should you be persuaded to vote a particular way based on that statement. If we were weeks out from the election, mistakes could easily be fixed. The candidate himself or herself could easily fix any false impressions when it is weeks out.

We booked reporters to tell you what they have seen or what is known happening in various races. You did not hear their opinions on how to vote. Right now, so many races are separated by a hair — even Mother Nature can tip races on Tuesday by encouraging or discouraging people to vote.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Dear Greta,
I really, really like Sharon Osbourne. She and I are the exact same age, by the way. Is she as nice as she seems? What a dear lady.
Have a great week!

E-mail No. 2

In regard to this nutcase that seems to want to harass you, Greta, here's my answer. You have printed several of my e-mails to you and they were printed in their entirety and not a word changed on any of them. People like this just make me so mad, and sad at the same time, that this is the direction the world is heading. There are so many rumors, untruths, and just plain fiction on the Internet these days and, unfortunately, some people choose to accept the untruths as the correct information. I just wanted to let Mr. E-mail No. 3 and others know that, as far as my contact with you, you have always been very gracious, friendly, and never edited my e-mails to your advantage.
Boy, the things you must read in the course of your day!
Hope you made it back to D.C. safe and sound.
KR Thomas

E-mail No. 3

Hi Greta,
This if for the sadly misinformed C. Gold, e-mailer No. 3 in your November 2 blog: Greta has both posted (see E-mail No. 2 in the November 1 blog) and replied to e-mails from me for the last year now. While I generally hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, I do relish the opportunity to inform him/her that I do not work for FNC, nor do I know Greta on a personal basis. I am simply an agenda-less "On the Record" viewer who also reads GretaWire and e-mails in comments on occasion, often, as with yesterdays blog, having nothing to do with the blog itself.
Sorry to burst your little balloon of delusion, C. Gold, but much as you'd like to disprove it, Greta speaks the truth.
Lisa Martin
New York, NY

E-mail No. 4

Dear Greta,
I hope that was some sort of joke from Dr. Gruder about the heavy set girlfriend of the man who lost his memory. What an ugly thing to say regardless, and totally uncalled for.
S. C. Koontz
Greensboro NC
"If you speak kind words, you will hear echoes."

E-mail No. 5

Hi Greta,
I was recently checking on soap in a department store. They didn't have the brand of soap that I wanted. They did have the soap available in liquid form and referred to it as "body wash."

E-mail No. 6

I am an independent BECAUSE OF NEGATIVE ADS. I don't know who these 2 guys are, but PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THOSE ADS.
I am sick and tired of listening to them... and I WILL NOT give them the satisfaction that they think THEY KNOW WHAT I WANT.
When "they" say... the American people want... I CRINGE! Maybe on the East Coast or West Coast, but people here in OH VOTE THEIR lives. That's what makes them independent... I don't need some pollster, assuming my vote.
It has become a game and it's not about WE THE PEOPLE ANY MORE... it's all about POWER and WINNING... and I WILL NOT BE A PART OF THE GAME!
Linda Wilson
Columbus, OH

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