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Fonzie of the Week #3: Matt Lauer

August 14th, 2009 No comments
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Matt LauerWomen want him, men want to be him (or maybe that’s just me), and his workday ends at 10am. With a resume like that, Today Show Grand Exalted Poobah Matt Lauer was a shoo-in to be named Fonzie of the Week.

While I’m sure some will question the cool factor of waking up with the Today Show, I must admit that it’s a real habit of mine, and something I genuinely enjoy. Like Goldilocks’ fabled mattress, Today is neither too hard nor too soft; it’s just right. There’s enough actual news reporting for me to feel like I’m learning something, but before things get too heavy they wash the serious stuff down with a human-interest chaser that leaves me ready to face the day. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but I’d imagine that skipping your morning brew is not unlike when I miss my standard 30 minutes of Today: something’s just not right and I usually don’t recover until nearly lunchtime.

While there’s plenty of good things to say about each of the Today Show hosts, none of them shout “cool” quite like Mr. Lauer. He’s the Fred to Al Roker’s lovable goofball Shaggy, Ann Curry’s brainy Velma, and Merideth Viera’s bland-yet-ultimately-okay Daphne…and I don’t know, let’s say Willard Scott is Scooby. (Million-dollar idea: Scooby Snack Jelly…get on it, Smuckers!) Like his cartoon doppelganger, Lauer is a calming presence, a natural leader, and I’d put money on him actually being able to get away with wearing an orange neckerchief. I’m just saying.

I could go on at length, but here’s a short list of things to keep in mind when pondering just how cool Matt Lauer is:

Where in the world is Matt Lauer? I’m not sure, but wherever he is, he’s keeping it cool. See you Monday morning, Matt!

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