The World According to Hoda Kotb
Long-Ago Memory: Sledding. Me, my brother and sister, soaring down the hill and screaming wildly. I remember so clearly that rush. You're scared, but you're not; you're with your brother and sister; and there's not one thing on your mind except for, "We're right here, right now."
Most-Played Childhood Records: "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille and "Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John.
Admired Historical Figure: Anwar Sadat, because he was so bold. He went to the Knesset in Israel when the wounds of war weren't remotely healed. Usually, when you're entrenched in a war, the hate's so deep. But he said, "No, no, I'm going there."
Best Quality: I pick good friends. I like whom I choose to be in my world, and everyone around me is awesome.
Nightstand Essentials: My reading glasses — seven pairs, because I break and lose everything. And Regina Brett's book God Never Blinks. It's full of daily life lessons. She has just such great beautiful insight.
Zeroing In on 50: Kathie Lee regularly tells me that I'm perimenopausal — and I'm not yet, so stop rushing me!
Next Big Thing: I'm a believer that the next great love can be around the corner. Anderson Cooper's mom [fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt] once said, "I love falling in love." That totally lit me up. I really want to meet the right guy for me.