Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Back in June, just after Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in Florida, I had an opportunity to talk on the phone with Al Gore. You can read the results of the interview in the latest edition of Sierra magazine. While the topic of our conversation -- global warming, the Kyoto Protocol, carbon offsets, etc. -- isn't exactly rich comic material, I did manage to make the former veep laugh in a spontaneous and genuine enough way to satisfy myself that the notion of Gore as stiff and wooden was never more than political caricature. The exchange didn't make it into the final transcript and, anyway, the humor would have gotten lost on the page. But you can listen to the audio outtake and judge for yourself. Does the dude laugh or what?