Southern Comfort

Dear Friends of "FOX & Friends,"

Another week of cable-casting finds me just back from a busy weekend as a FOX News traveling ambassador to Texas. I headed south for a couple of book signings, to promote my book, "The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook" — one at Borders Books in Houston, the other at Borders Books in Dallas. On "FOX & Friends" we called it the Battle of the Bookstores, to see what town would turn out in larger numbers. And the winner is...

Houston — by six people!

Hundreds showed up, it was standing room only at both events, and yet when my book guy Greg Cicconi (of GAC) did the count, the two towns were just SIX PEOPLE apart! Because Dallas only had three days to prepare, I should spot them a couple of people, however Houston was on a Friday night, during a thunderstorm, so the turnout was extraordinary in both places!

In Houston, I was greeted by Tony Vallone of Tony's restaurant. I've got to tell you, I really think it is the BEST restaurant I have ever had the pleasure of dining at. They hauled out two pastas, a 15-pound red snapper encased in a hard salt shell, T-bones and a souffle to die for. Tony and Donna Vallone have already hosted six U.S. presidents, why not let the weather guy tie on the feed bag as well?

Also, in Dallas — at the No. 1 station in the market, KDFW — they were kind enough to ask me to help with their Saturday morning newscast, where I interrupted A REAL METEOROLOGIST, to point at numbers and plug my book. Then as a swell surprise, my real life first cousin, FOX sportscaster Mike Doocy surprised me with a walk on. We hugged, laughed and then we walked off and had brunch. I paid — I'm older.

And, a wonderful surprise was that a couple of my classmates at the University of Kansas stopped by the Dallas event to lend me some support. Kathy Rohrer, a broadcasting executive who I interviewed for my book, and Phil Poulos who is a big shot at Jive Records, and Dan Pearman, who's an executive at Radio Disney all showed up to say "hi." Of course I was saying "buy" because I was promoting my book, which I'm happy to say is once again a New York Times best seller, thanks to you.

What a whirlwind this has been, thanks to all who showed up, or in some cases sent proxy relatives by the store to get copies on their behalf. It was a great weekend, and now it leads us to a great week on "FOX & Friends."

Steve Doocy

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