Am looking forward to "A Conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu" tomorrow at an event at St. Andrew's Cathedral in downtown Honolulu. For one reason, I'm the one with whom Rev. Tutu is having the conversation!
The Dean of St. Andrew's, former federal prosecutor Walter Brownridge, is a friend of the Nobel Laureate and he asked me to conduct the conversation before a paying crowd. Proceeds go to a community outreach fund. Rev. Brownridge didn't tell me any no-nos about what to ask, either.
I have a better idea of what to expect from this iconic figure after interviewing "The Arch," as some friends call him, for PBS Hawaii's Long Story Short:
1) He's shorter than the towering figure he appears to be in old film clips, courageously fighting apartheid in South Africa. He's maybe 5'3".
2) He has a great laugh! Sometimes, when you least expect, it becomes a hoot. Disconcertingly, he sometimes laughs as he talks about a serious subject. Why? "Because if you don't know how to laugh, you just may end up crying all the time," he says, with a wise twinkle.