Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Boy who cried Wolf

There was a Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was lonely for him, so he devised a plan to get a little company. He rushed down towards the village calling out "Wolf, Wolf," and the villagers came out to meet him. This pleased the boy so much that a few days after he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help. Shortly after this a Wolf actually did come out from the forest. The boy cried out "Wolf, Wolf," still louder than before. But this time the villagers, who had been fooled twice before, thought the boy was again lying, and nobody came to his aid. So the Wolf made a good meal off the boy's flock.

A liar will not be believed, even when telling the truth.


Your wondering why I tell this story. There's a simple answer. A rumor was started to once again get a certain young pop superstar's fans in a state of angst. The rumor wanted us to believe that Clive Davis was cutting Clay Aiken loose. He was going to appear on AI5 but there would be no mentions of Clay.

If you watched AI5 last night, you know just how untrue that rumor was. You heard Mr. Davis say Clay's first album has sold over 3 million copies. In the cascade of CD's shown, Measure of a Man was the last one so you got to see it the longest. You saw Clay's photo on the plaque (shown below) presented to Mr. Davis.

Once promotion starts for Clay's new CD, we will hear more about what Clay Aiken has accomplished and the awards he has won.

How his first single, Bridge Over Troubled Water/This Is The Night debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and was RIAA certified platinum 5 weeks after it's release. How it was the fastest selling single since Elton John's remake of Candle In The Wind, his tribute to Princess Diana.

How Measure of a Man sold 613,000 copies and debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and the highest-selling debut for a solo artist in 10 years. The album was released on October 13, 2003 and received RIAA Double Platinum certification November 17, 2003.

How Merry Christmas With Love set a new record for fastest-selling holiday album in the Soundscan era and tied Céline Dion's record for the highest debut by a holiday album in the history of Billboard magazine. "Merry Christmas With Love" sold over 1,000,000 copies in 6 weeks and was the best-selling holiday album of 2004, receiving RIAA Platinum certification on Jan. 6, 2005.

American Music Awards
* 2003: Won - Fan's Choice Award
* 2003: Nominated - Favorite Male Artist - Pop or Rock

Billboard Awards
* 2003: Won - Best Selling Single of 2003 - ">"Bridge Over Troubled Water / This Is The Night"

* 2004: Won - Best Selling Christmas Album - Merry Christmas With Love
* 2005: Won - Best Selling Christian Album - Merry Christmas With Love

New Music Weekly Awards
* 2004: Won - Top40 Male Artist of the Year

American Christian Music Awards
* 2005: Won - Outstanding Yule CD - Merry Christmas With Love

Clay Aiken has only just begun and I can't wait to see what he has in store for us with his new CD.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your new blog speaks for itself! Beautiful.

May 18, 2006 12:51 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Bravo!!! I wish we had a hand clapping emoticon!

The proof is in the pudding...Clay is a class act.

May 18, 2006 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Billie said...

what can I say you've said it all

May 18, 2006 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

This is the best! Many of you may have read this, but it's worth posting for the lurkers to read.

'Idol' Surprises Middlesex
May 18, 2006

Last Wednesday, Middlesex Middle School was getting ready for a big event. The students just didn't know how big. They knew that Unicef representatives were coming to be formally presented a check for more than $14,000 from the school — the No. 1 fundraiser in the country. The kids knew there would be a special guest star. But who was it?

Stephanie Ko, 14, said that all day, there was a buzz of guesses.

"We thought maybe Shakira, and some of the teachers were guessing Ricky Martin," she said.

Principal Debi Boccanfuso participated in the guessing, which was not easy, since she had known for two months that the guest would be "American Idol" contestant and pop singing star Clay Aiken, who is the U.S. ambassador for Unicef.

"That was the fun part, keeping it a secret," she said.

Heath Cockrell, 13, said that Boccanfuso had been impressive at concealing the star upon his arrival.

"You were really good at hiding Clay Aiken once he got here, where was he?" she asked.

Boccanfuso said Aiken had only arrived a half hour before the ceremony which helped conceal his identity.

Heath said the students really had no idea who to expect.

"We didn’t know if it was going to be a celebrity or maybe a head person at Unicef," Patrick McDonald, 12, said.

The ceremony started at 2 o'clock, which he said gave the students almost the whole day to guess.

By the time students were settled into the ceremony, the excitement was at an overflow level, Stephanie said.

"When he walked in, people went crazy!" she said.

Patrick said it sounded like a rock concert.

"There were hundreds of high pitched screams," he said.

Students who had guessed Aiken was a possibility had made signs, Heath said.

"They had signs that said 'Aching for Aiken'."

The students said they were also impressed with Aiken's bodyguard, who was "always nice but very tall."

Aiken gave the students some math problems to solve, which illustrated the many uses of the funding raised by Middlesex students.

"It was about what we could do with the money," Stephanie said.

Greg Kelly, 14, said that examples included school supplies, vaccinations, and dehydration packets.

"Also it could pay for water purification tablets and tents," Patrick said.

Unicef, which was founded in 1946, helps save, protect and improve the lives of children in 155 countries and territories by providing immunization, education, health, health care, nutrition, clean water, and sanitation.

Boccanfuso said that some of the problems were pretty tough.

"There were four of us doing the same math problem, we got it eventually," Stephanie said.

The students said they were all impressed with how "nice" Aiken was.

"He was so down to earth and normal," Heath said.

Aiken did not sing at the event, which Boccanfuso said was because he wanted to make the event about the kids.

"It's about you guys," he said to the students.

"He was there just to spread the message," Stephanie said.

The students raised the money by taking Unicef boxes during their Halloween trick or treating, collecting in homerooms, as well as having three days of bake sales.

"The fund-raising was fun, low key, no pressure," Heath said.

Stephanie said the low pressure aspect of the fundraising was what made it so successful.

The Unicef fundraising is a school tradition at Middlesex — and it always places in the top one or two schools in the country — but this was the first year a formal ceremony took place. In support of the fund-raising efforts, Proctor & Gamble also donated $150,000 to Unicef.

The students hope to continue their tradition at Middlesex next year, except for Stephanie and Greg, who will be heading to high school in the fall.

"Maybe we'll start a Unicef collection there," Stephanie said.

Boccanfuso seemed as thrilled as the students when talking about meeting Clay Aiken.

"He gave me two kisses and three hugs!" she said.

Katie Scolari Borden, manager of Trick or Treat for Unicef, praised Middlesex students for their consistent hard work raising funds for Unicef.

"Middlesex Middle School has been a tremendous supporter of Unicef for many years. Their dedication and compassion toward the world's less fortunate children are a shining example of what kids can do," she said.

May 18, 2006 3:12 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

"He gave me two kisses and three hugs!" she said.

Awwwww. He's such a sweetie.

Thanks for posting that here Polly.

May 18, 2006 3:19 PM  
Blogger Xmas Tour said...

I would give anything for just one hug and kiss from Clay :-(

Thanks for the story Polly, very touching.

May 18, 2006 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

Have you heard that the phony MySpace account - GonzoAiken - has been deleted?

May 18, 2006 6:04 PM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

So...sure quiet around here, guess the truth did prevail, huh! ;)

May 18, 2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Quiet is good. It was nice to wake up this morning and not find any unwelcome posts.

It's so much quicker to approve anything posted during the night than to delete.

May 18, 2006 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog. It is very refreshing. This blog itself is way above John's blog. John is nothing but a filthy, evil celebrity stalker loser. Nothing will change.

I heard GonzoAiken was deleted by a Clay fan that works for Myspace. Also, the person behind the account was said to be named Caitlin. I don't know many details.

Thanks again for the blog. :)

May 19, 2006 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth I agree - quiet bothers me also! I think that old Karma is getting closer - but I sure would like to be sure! Keep up the good work here girl!!

May 19, 2006 8:43 AM  
Anonymous the gospel known as tiffany said...

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May 19, 2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous the gospel known as tiffany said...

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May 19, 2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous the gospel known as tiffany said...

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May 19, 2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tiffany = Backfat Betty

Rumor has it, Tiffany's husband is bisexual. Tiffany developed a bond with John because she is a Ruben fan and finds him to be a thread. Tiffany is your typical inbred, white trash hater.

May 19, 2006 6:30 PM  
Blogger casey said...

Tiffany you wouldn't know the truth if it hit you upside the head.

Go back to the sewer and tell the asswipe how much you love him while he laughs at you and the rest of the followers. You and the rest of them are nothing to him. You are just something else for him to use.

We don't believe him or you. Take that back with you.

When he goes down he will take all of you with him.

I want a ring side seat to that.

May 19, 2006 6:48 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

I do love my delete button. It's a little trash can. How appropriate.

It doesn't matter how many times you repeat a lie, it's still a lie.

May 19, 2006 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

I don't know where to say this. FOC is great for poking fun at the pickle, but where can we discuss serious stuff? Since I'm on PST, when you close up shop at night, I'm left all alone.

About an hour ago I posted at PH. In the post I mentioned something about Insane Bastard. When I hit "post" it went through. IOW it wasn't "held as a first time post because of malicious comments, etc."

Well, my post has disappeared without a trace. Since the post was rather bland otherwise, just defending the fans against name calling and using derogatory remarks, there was no reason it should not have gone through, except for...

I'm telling you, Perez is Insane Bastard!

May 19, 2006 8:33 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Polly, you'll just have to move to the East Coast. (Kidding.)

I wouldn't be surprised if ph was ib. He was ripping mad that first night.

By the way, did you forget about the other half or the M&G story or did you change your mind?

May 19, 2006 8:47 PM  
Blogger TEAM F.O.C. said...

Polly Graph,

We'll talk about starting a thread at FOC for the more serious discussions. Give us a day to think about it!


May 19, 2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Polly Graf said...

Would you believe, my post at PH has finally appeared. Wonder how that happened?

Truth - I posted about the M&G on the FOC blog under "Our Boy." I could bring it over here if you like.

FOC - that would be great. Sometimes it just isn't fitting to post in the Pickle Patch and be a downer, you know? I'm thrilled that people are getting out of their "funk" and can laugh again, but this mess isn't over yet and I feel the need to discuss it with others. Maybe some others do too.

May 20, 2006 12:14 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Ah, I missed that part. Pulling it all together here.

Polly Graf said...
RTM - Well, it began way before that M&G. Can we say stalker???

I have a b'day dinner to go to tonight. Let me work on it and put it all together and I'll have it for you later.

I finally resolved the breaking of my promise to a friend, issue. I went back and re-read the emails and discovered what I promised was not to post her email on a board, lest she get bashed for it. So, since I discovered she posted her story at the OC, which was lifted and taken to the purple blog, then I no longer feel obligated.

What we have here, gals, is Clay walked into a room with two known stalkers! And I have the low down on both of them. I say whatever Clay felt he needed to say or do to handle the situation, was justifiable.

Back later!

May 11, 2006 7:51 PM

Polly Graf said...
This will be long so I will give you the background for it now and then what I know a little later.

Right after the first of the year, a thread began at the OFC. It was the first time I had read anything negative about M&Gs, especially the Stubhub and knowing from my friend what I did, I posted in that thread, but much later on. I didn't reveal anything other than to say I had knowledge that something had occurred and attempted to give an explanation for it.

From the OFC - (I won't reveal any s/ns)

"...So many places and faces for him. Cant be great all the time. Alot of pressure. It hurt my friend more than it hurt me. Being old fashioned I would really like an apology. But it will snow in Florida First. I guess 1 bad M&G every 20 or so isnt that bad. Just wish it hadnt cost so much..."

Let's make this clear, it didn't "cost" you anything more than you were willing to pay as A DONATION TO THE BAF - NOT for the opportunity to see Clay. In return, a visit with him was a thank you for your donation.

Here's another one...(in part)

"...I have to chime in and say that I was also at a Stub Hub meet and greet where Clay was mean and hurtful. I have NEVER been talked to in the way he spoke to my friend and I. He was visably pissed and DID take it out on us. I have MET HIM SEVERAL TIMES and have never had him speak to me so rudely. I am very hurt and disappointed by this behavior..."

Do any of you gals know anyone who has never had the opportunity to meet Clay? I do, and I have met him, but will not try to win another M&G from the OFC until others have had the opportunity. I think there's a flaw in the system when some can continue to see him time after time. One of the stalkers I will tell you about has seen him at least 10 times...inside a M&G and out. I'll tell you about that later.

Stalker #1 (Comments in parentheses are mine)

"None of you people know me. I read the board when I can but do not post here or the CB or most anywhere. I am a mod for another clay message board (RHT) and rarely even post there EVER. (True, not since last Sept.) I am a PhD student in NC (age 37)and do not have TIME to post on message boards. (Until this story began) I am NOT a troll. (Just delusional) I have supported Clay since AI, wrapped presents for the BAF, helped with other BAF projects and have done nothing but love him, until now. I have not had anyone to talk to about what happened (Until JP came along) and I saw this thread and was reaching out for some support...and what happens...I get questioned on my identity and doubted. I was there and know in my heart what happened. (And you feel no responsibility) It hurts to even admit it, but it took place and things will never be the same again for me." (Thank God! Clay is relieved. Sell your Clay stuff on eBay!)

Stalker #1 (con't.)

"I went to bed early last night which is why I have not been back. I will be glad to provide clarification as needed. I do not know WHY he acted the way he did (Yes, you do) ...believe me, I have analyzed this to death. (Dig a little deeper, or do stalkers not recognize their own bad behavior?) As you can imagine, I am a little concerned over posting details because I will again be open to being ripped apart and questioned as I have been already. Please feel free to PM me with any questions; however, right now I am reluctant to post he said this and that on a public board..." (Why stop now? You started this and yes, it was all his fault, wasn't it?)

But all of that changed. In a matter of two weeks, JP came along and gave you the perfect excuse you needed as to why you were rejected.

(To be con't...)

May 11, 2006 9:06 PM

Polly Graf said...
Lynnie - the pop singer walked into the room and recognized the little "love-struck" fan (he has only seen her like 42 times!), called her by name and commented on her new hair style. (She had managed to locate the pop singer's cousin in Raleigh, who's a hair dresser). But you see, she was pissed at him because he had ignored her during the first act while she sat on the front row. He asked, "What's wrong?" and she immediately said, "You know what's wrong." Then he shrugged his shoulders (in a swishy way), looked around and ignored her.

In the meantime, a 70+ y/o, who had recently had plastic and lasik surgery, was waiting, who had also seen him 42 times, but this time not outside his hotel as she was proned to do at 1:00AM, but on the other side of the room. Three things were on her mind; when she would have access to her next drink, the amount of work and money that had been spent to impress the founder of the charity and her personalized license plate that she fantasized hanging over his bed! He thought that was a little weird and said so! Big mistake...hugh! And no matter how many long hours occurred, or how much work had been performed, or the amount of money spent or raised for the charity, he could only remind her that his pocket rec'd none of it, and because his eyes were darting back and forth around the room, keeping a careful watch on these two, he couldn't even say thank you. Shame on him for only thinking of his own safety!

A little over two weeks later, enter the pickle, providing the stalkers with the only logical, satisfactory and reasonable explanation for the pop singer's flat out rejection of them! Left with no other choice to save face, they joined forces with him!

3:23 PM

Polly Graf said...
"polly, is that shit true? WTF?"

I swear! She was my friend and I have about 15 emails from Dec. 31st to prove it...describing how nice he was and fun, only acting a little "strange."

"Polly, the 70 year old woman said that about no matter how long the hours, yada, yada, yada?"

No, that was just the facts. She explained to him about all the long hours, time and money spent (her children's inheritance) for the BAF. And she wanted to marry him, too!!

"Swishy" I just threw in there since that was the general theme of the M&G that was going around.

The thing that did it for me was she asked me and some of her friends to not ever repeat a word of it and we kept our promise, until she became angry with us for not going along with the plan to destroy the pop singer and posted her story on another board. Why should we have helped her? He had never done anything to us and what occurred with her, we saw the actions and reactions entirely differently. I mean, who waits outside a hotel until 1:00 AM for the pop star, his friend and body guard to return from seeing a movie? And then has the nerve to say, "How was the movie, Clay?" Hello? STALKER ALERT!!

10:52 PM

...stalker boy got this from a private thread at Openly Clay and posted it....

"OK, I feel a little like JP here, but I AM going to respond one more time and defend myself and others who have had similar experiences. I am SO weary of being told that we "expected too much" and that we were unhappy because we were not treated special, etc. etc. etc. etc. Good grief, this is wearing and SO far from what actually happend.

None of us in that particular M&G were not and never have been "grand dames" of any message board, nor were any of us "high status" fans. I was a member of a VERY active local email group and almost never went on any board except to get tour and/or appearance news.

I had no expections from that night. I had met him before and found him distracted and rushed (very understandable), but generally pleasant. If I had any expections, it would be just that. But we were all totally unprepared for what actually happened. We were all calm, polite, and at ease. We're not kids and given to squeeing. But from the minute he walked in the door, he was sarcastic, rude and beyond arrogant, and I, for one, am tired of getting blamed for HIS attitude. And I'll bet you something else, if you had donated (and I stress the word donated) as much money as we did to his foundation for a M&G, and spent as much time and yes, money again, and energy hosting a pre-party and auction that AGAIN benefited his foundation, only to have him laugh at it and say "well, is it going in MY pocket," you probably wouldn't have been too crazy about it either.

I know what you're going to say -- "he was kidding." Wow, am I tired of hearing that - you weren't there. Probably in a way he was, but it would have been kinda nice if he had followed it up with ANY kind of gratitude. He didn't - just laughed at us and continued to make sarcastic remarks. I saw the look on my friends face after she had worked for months on the party. He asks for these donations (via the Stubhub M&G auctions), collects the money, than treats the fans who give him what he asked for like scum. We all came out of there sort of in shock and totally confused, saying "What just happened?" At the time, I was chalking it up to he was probably just having a bad night, as many people have said. But then I started hearing from people everywhere, including people who have known him or known of him in Raleigh, and have seen and heard of this kind of attitude since long before AI. People keep harping on "one bad M&G." From what I hear, it goes way beyond that.

Anyway, you ARE right about one thing. This IS a fan board, and I no longer have any business being here. I would like to still be a fan. It was a great 3 years, and I think he is an awesome performer. But it's so hard to shake that image, and I find his fandom a little too much to take when instead of feeling compassion for the message, most just want to kill the messenger.

What amazes me if it keeps coming back to a "bad M&G experience." Actually, he is not a very nice person from what I hear from many sources having nothing whatsoever to do with a M&G, but it seems to be easier to "kill the messenger" that hear the message. So I guess you're right - I am no longer a fan, but it has more to do with the way his "fans" behave than my one strange experience. Like I said, an interesting journey indeed."

May 20, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger rtm said...

Thanks polly and truth.....I just have one question. I wonder how much these two stalkers will pay for a front row seat at Clay's next concert? They're obviously so full of themselves I don't think they can give him up as is shown by their little plot with stalkerboy. The one saving grace is that they are all probably on Jerome's 'list', pictures and all so Clay will be spared looking at their mugs in the front row ever again.

May 20, 2006 9:50 AM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Well, all I have to say to whomever the poor thing is who got her tootsies stepped on at that M&G is


Life's a bitch, then ya die.

Shit, I would pass out on the spot if he knew my name and noticed I had a new hairstyle!!! What the hell else did she want?

May 20, 2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

Forget Jerome's list. What I want is for every internet fan to know who they are and what they look like. I'm sick of vindictive bitches hiding behind anonymous screen names and getting away with the crap they pull.

May 20, 2006 9:58 AM  
Blogger rtm said...

yeahthat.....she wanted a marriage proposal or at the very least a heartfelt apology for his having been such a cad and ignoring her....nothing less would have satisfied her.

truth....good point. It sure would save Jerome a lot of work wouldn't it?

I admit to having been to a few concerts. I have never met Clay, not even at the buses. I just love to see him perform and admire him as a person. These stalkers who expect his eternal gratitude and friendship (or more) really scare me because they don't live in reality.

May 20, 2006 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forget Jerome's list. What I want is for every internet fan to know who they are and what they look like. I'm sick of vindictive bitches hiding behind anonymous screen names and getting away with the crap they pull.

Quoting the above because, although I have been reading everything I can find I really am no closer to knowing who these people are. I have been to many concerts, preparties, etc. and probably have seen these people.

I don't think I know them, because the kind of thinking they display would probably be obvious. I really would like names...LOL.

Keep up the good work, I read this blog daily, along with FOC....then I go back to my home board and also read all the Clay blogs popping up. I like to read all sides and viewpoints. In that vein, I've even "popped" into the a**holes blog a couple of times but it stinks so bad in there I am forced to exit immediately.

May 20, 2006 10:19 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

I've never met Clay, probably never will. If I run into him around town it will be by accident. Hopefully someone will scrape me up off the ground it that ever happens.

Just going to multiple concerts and other appearances he makes is not stalking. That's a whole other game.

May 20, 2006 10:20 AM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

I met him...didn't think I really ever wanted to but the opportunity arose so I did. He was great and once he was gone, it was over, ya know? I would never expect anything more than what we received.

I don't understand the mentality of "you owe me your first born because I willingly donated money to meet you".

I'm guessing he absolutely knows who does it out of the goodness of their hearts and who does it with ulterior motives.

She thought he would ask her to marry him? Good God, and I thought the purplepeckered one was delusional!

May 20, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger rtm said...

I've voiced my opinions on Stub Hubs before so I won't again but it will be interesting to see if they are still in the mix when Clay goes on tour again.

...and I don't know for a fact that she wanted him to propose but I've heard enough places that's the case to believe it.

May 20, 2006 10:44 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

From "That's The Clay" archives. Anyone know who the P#1 and P#2 are?

WRAL- 08/06/03 - (transcript 0f LWLHD check presentation)

Clay on WRAL 08/06/03 LWLHD Presentation

(Clip opens with large mock check being lifted and handed to Clay and Diane Bubel.)

LWLHD Presenter #1: To the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, for $42,200.

(Amazed laughter. Clay’s mouth literally drops open, his eyes wide as he and Diane Bubel take the large mock check and hold it up.)

Clay: Wow.

LWLHD P#1: You may receive larger donations someday, and we certainly hope that you do, but every one of those dollars is from someone’s heart directly to you.

Clay: Thank you very much.

LWLHD P#1: You’re welcome.

Clay: (Looking at check) Thank you very, very much.

Diane: This is so much.


LWLHD P#2 And Clay, we have a present for you as well. Lynn?

Lynn: Clay, this is in behalf—

(Surprised reactions as everyone gets a look at it)

Lynn: —of the “That’s the Clay Message Board,”

(The framed gift is taken and held up by the Event Coordinator so everyone can see it, Clay is looking at it with a mixture of embarrassment and pleasure.)

Lynn: --we represent fans from forty eight continental U.S. states, Singapore, the UK, Iceland, and we all got together to get you this to commemorate your Rolling Stone and Billboard achievements.

Clay: Thank you, thank you very much. (laughs as he looks at the RS cover again) I appreciate it.

LWLD P#1: Thank you.

Clay: That picture never gets any easier to look at, for me.


LWLHD P#1: It’s very easy for us to look at.


Clay: Thank you very much. I think—I think one of the—I’m sorry (steps back up to the microphone) I think one of the things that has been so moving and touching for both of us, is the amount of support that has come from people who really
don’t—who don’t know us, you know, um, and we feel like we know you, and ah, it’s just amazing. When I got into this thing, one of the things that was important to me was to be able to do something with…with (makes a quotation marks gesture with his left hand) the “celebrity” that was available. And I appreciate that you have—you have put so much work and so much effort into something that’s so important, not just to me, but to so many other people. And I appreciate it. Thank you very much.

EC: Well let me thank you for that great contribution, and also this fine—that’ll give you something to put in your room at home. That’s great. Now we’ve got just a few minutes for the press, if there are questions for Clay or anyone else, we’d be glad to field those. And we’ve got just a handful of minutes, so please go ahead, who’d like to go first?

Male Reporter #1: …from Channel 11, Clay, welcome back.

Clay: Thank you very much.

MR:#1 Obviously giving back here, also giving back to us in a different way with the concert tonight.

Clay: Yeah.

MR#1: Talk just a little bit more about how being back has met your expectations, what do you expect tonight out of the crowd?

Clay: Um, the whole show—the whole tour—is, the national tour is really a thank you, I mean, it’s just—it’s just an amazing way for us to say thank you to everybody who’s put us where we are today, you know? Ten months ago, none of us would have expected to be here at all. I never—I sat in Diane’s kitchen—

Diane: Ten months ago you were at my kitchen table—

Clay: Yeah, at your kitchen table sayin’ “I don’t think I’m gonna do it.” And you’re all “Do it!” So it’s definitely amazing to be in this position, and somewhere we never would have been. And this is an opportunity for us to say thank you to the fans who put us here. I mean, that’s what this show really is to all of us. It’s a big thank you, and tonight, for me—(makes a silly face, grinning, as he knocks his knuckles on the
wooden podium) —Raleigh’s gonna show ‘em that we’re the loudest crowd in the country. So—(laughs) So it’s really an amazin' opportunity just for me to say thank you, because I have been—the outpourin' of support just from the Triangle area has been um…ah…amazing. And I…I…I don’t even know how to put it into words how excited I am. I didn’t sleep any last night, the first time—It’s the first time throughout this whole process that I’ve been too excited to sleep, and that includes the time that I was about to go to Hollywood the very first time. I’m more excited about comin' home, and singin' for—singin'for the hometown crowd, than anything
else I’ve done.

Lady Reporter: You’re home, is there anything you plan to do, a place you want to go eat, or someone you want to see, anything special that you want to do while you’re here?

Clay: Problem solved, we already did it. We just stopped by a Krispy Kreme about 30 minutes ago. And they were ready for us, the lady at the counter came out and said,”We’ve been waitin' for you all day long!” They knew I was coming for some
reason. So we hit the Krispy Kreme, Ruben and I have a competition to see whose barbecue’s better, North Carolina barbecue—Eastern North Carolina barbecue—or Alabama’s barbecue. So we’re gonna have some of that tomorrow, and I’m gonna prove to him once and for all that we win that too.

Male Reporter#2: …Channel 14. I’m just curious, a little bit more about the Foundation, a huge donation today, and where does this put you, fundraising wise, and how are you going to kind of parcel out all of the donations that you get in?
How’s that going to work geographically?

Clay: We have—you know, we’re ahead of ourselves, fundraising wise. My goal was to kind of slowly start this off. And as I’ve—as we’ve done the shows, it got out, it
got out to some people all across the country. We’ve been amazed by the outpouring of support. We get donations at concerts, every night. And then this wonderful donation here. We’re way ahead of ourselves, we’re really very advanced
as far as fundraising goes. Our goal is to go ahead and start this wherever. I think the—I think the next step for us is to get some sort of advertising—I guess if you call it that way—campaign together, so that people know how to get in touch with us, and how to access these funds. I mean, Diane spoke about how—what I did, what I did with Mike, and the one-on-one work that I did with him, and the goal is not for—not to do that, I mean, what CAP workers do is important, but the really important thing is to get kids into these programs. So we’re working right now—Fran Skinner Lewis, who’s the Executive Director, couldn’t be here; she got—her plane
was delayed, but—she’s trapped at RDU—but we—her goal is, she’s working with theYMCA, the national YMCA, to start a program with them, so that we can really start tapping—start giving these funds to YMCA programs possibly, the Boys and
Girls Club of America possibly. We want to work with organizations that already do these programs, and help them figure out how to integrate what we want and what we need into their programs first, and then work on trying to get—trying to get access for individuals who want to go to a private summer camp, or something like that.

EC: We have time for one more question, who would like to put it up? I think we’ve answered everything—

Male Reporter #3: Clay, when you crossed the border, did your Southern twang come back?

Clay: My Southern twang is—it actually left. Because, when I cross the border, I don’t have it anymore. Everybody else has it. So I had an accent—I had an accent everywhere else in the country, but now I’m back in North Carolina, everybody else has an accent, so back off. (Laughs)


EC: Well Clay, thank you

Clay: Thank you very much,

EC: As you’re thanking all your fans tonight, let me thank you, Diane, and your committee here, for getting going today. This is a great start to a charitable foundation, a great start to a great career. So we look forward to watching you in the years ahead, and we really enjoyed you stopping by.

May 20, 2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger yeahthat said...

Ooooh, I remember all the stuff that went down on the TTC board regarding this presentation.

I was not paying close enough attention to much at that point...just found the boards, etc. so have no clue who these women are.

May 20, 2006 11:17 AM  

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