Q&A w/Chicago Blogger:"Morning Jen and Jeff" discuss Jen's blogs/dating

Revisions made and links added on Monday night at 6:20 pm on Monday 

Jen: ...Total package, I have never been better.  Maybe I have been a little thinner

Jeff: Could you show us [on Skype], could you stand up, or something?

--The Jen Knoedl web sites:  

Jeff Berkowitz: So, one part of this video skype interview is about “Jen Chicago Takes the Windy City” --your blog which is on the Chicago Tribune platform and another aspect will be about Jen Chicago.com—which is more about your current cinema verite career and then there is a whole part devoted to your dating habits-- which I am just going to spring on you. [this video Interview took place on Saturday night, June 15, with Jeff in Evanston, IL and Jen in College Station, TX; full disclaimer, the transcript below contains some “clean up,” to make the reading easier, so the statements, below, are not always exact quotes, but they always faithfully reflect what was meant by the speaker]

Jen Knoedl: My dating habits? [Laughter]

Jeff: When I do interviewing for my own show, "Public Affairs,"  I usually have a tough politician in front of me, now I have got this beautiful [smart, bantering, good PR writer] woman in front of me [Readers, don’t take my word for it, watch pretty, bantering Jen discuss Christianmingle.com, Corporate PR,  cheerleader uniforms, Barack Obama, what makes for good TV and the 40% American tax burden [linked to here]; the time notations, below, refer to the approximate, elapsed time locations of that specific conversation on the 90 minute video interview of Jen by Jeff, linked to immediately, above], so it’s a little different—Jen, I hope that wasn’t sexist...so it is a little different from my TV show and it seems as if your posts on “Jen Chicago Takes the Windy City,” are promos. It almost seems like someone might have sent you promos telling about things, such as a European Wax offer, a fitness program, an Oprah show casting and you, in turn, tell people, in your posts, about those promotional opportunities—so your readers might want to apply to be on the Oprah show, they might want a European Wax—I have no idea what that is—

Jen: You don’t want to know. It is painful

Jeff: But, might I ask- are you paid by these entities for posting summaries of these press releases on your blog?

Jen: No, I don’t make any money on these postings at all. I don’t make any money on anything I do for Chicagonow.com.

Jeff:  Do you post some things for money as a PR consultant

Jen: I do, on my own website: Jen Chicago.com.  Before you post this interview, I will make sure I have a more recent video of myself on “Jen Chicago Takes the Windy City,” or “JenChicago.com,” because that‘s really my sweet spot, that’s what I do.

Jen: I just like the authenticity of the ambiance you get at a restaurant from using your smart phone to video the waiter [instead of using a big camera crew to do the shoot]

Jeff:...I totally get that...

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--Why Jen left the “24/7 Chicago” TV show

Jen: I was doing the NBC TV show [Saturday nights, 12:30 am to 1:00 am], 24/7 Chicago until about two years ago and I can sense the question coming—

Jeff: which was—I would like to hear the question that was coming—

Jen: Why would I not continue to do something like that show?

Jeff: Well, I wasn’t going to ask that but now that you asked it, why don’t you answer it

Jen: It was really cool and I really enjoyed it...It’s really a lot of work [getting sponsors, etc.]...sometimes I  just want to go and do my own thing [without all that direction all the time] and not go thru 12 editors, people to review it, manage it, etc.  but I really loved the show and I think Katie does an amazing job on it.... I really like to speak from my heart—I also have another web site, Jenknoedl.com, where I talk about "deep," issues that I am going through, like what’s the purpose of life. It’s been an evolution from wanting to interview celebrities [thinking that was really cool] to maybe I want to interview people who aren’t so polished— But, that web site is just for the "deep stuff,"

Jeff: Well, how deep are you, Jen.

--Jen and Jimmy Carter

Jen:    I come from a corporate PR background [of about 10 years] and was making good money and decided I just wasn’t happy... and I had visited Chicago [from Austin, TX] and I decided Chicago appreciated me in a way that my home town [Austin] doesn’t, that’s the truth, everybody just loves me [in Chicago], that’s the truth, I can’t explain it [so, Jen worked at 24/7 Chicago from about 2008 to 2012] [26:06, or so, on the Skype tape]...it was my birthday two days ago

Jeff: Happy Birthday

Jen: Thanks...so it’s not a problem [to say my age], I am 37....

Jeff: So, you were born in the Carter Presidency, you might remember that—Carter had the "Great malaise," so you might remember that,  [or not] because you were only three years old when Carter left the Presidency, he only served one term, Ronald Reagan came in, well, we won’t go into those details, but you, being born in Austin, kind of ties in with George W. Bush-- who was Governor of Texas [for two terms] when you were older and the capitol of Texas would be ?

Jen:  Austin

--Jen’s cheerleader days

Jeff: Right, Austin, so now to give people an idea about Jen...

Jen: ...Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school— [Jen shouts out:] “Seniors, 95”

Jeff: ...you kind of look like a cheerleader and I mean that as a compliment because some of my best girlfriends were cheerleaders...it is a little joke because people say...[28:15]

Jen: ...I graduated from St. Edwards with a business degree [after starting at University of Texas]

--Smoking dope

Jeff: and then you would go out and smoke dope, no- probably not, but whatever the football players and cheerleaders did... [29:34] ...Austin is almost as progressive as Seattle, I am using “Progressive” in the political sense, progressive meaning “Left”

Jen: I was a cheerleader at St. Edwards...

Jeff: This is out of left field, but do you happen to have your old cheerleading uniform?

Jen: I do.

Jeff: You wouldn’t happen to be wearing it right now

Jen: No

Jeff: I was just thinking that if you were, we could just change the camera set up a little bit, [30:30]

--Jen on Steve Harvey TV show

Jen: you never know when you will need your pom-poms; those are in Chicago because I was on the Steve Harvey show and...I was on his Halloween episode and I dressed up like a cheerleader [31:10]

Jeff: So, bring back your college cheerleader’s uniform and we will do a separate show on "Public Affairs," about that--because most guys have a thing about cheerleader uniforms, almost as much as with Catholic girls' school uniforms, did you ever see those—

Jen: Yeah, yeah and nurses [31:35]

--Do patent leather shows reflect up?

Jeff: No, you’re making this into something  [laughter]...No, those Catholic girls' school uniforms are plaid skirts, white blouse, white knee socks and patent leather shoes-- there was even a play about that—Do patent leather shoes reflect up? You ever heard about that?

Jen: No.

Jeff: We are getting rather far afield, so tell us more about corporate communications and what you did when you came out of St. Edwards....

Jen: ....so I worked on marketing for a software company... and then an ad agency and then IBM... [32:51]

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-Why the Knoedls are upset with Obama

Jeff: ...So, we are bringing this to our readers and viewers from College Station, TX, home of the Texas A&M Aggies [and also once a satellite( and acolyte) of Chicago School economics]...I did six one half hour TV shows with Barack Obama [watch some clips of the shows with Obama and others on the Best of Public Affairs reel]...

Jen: Wow

Jeff: And, you are now on more than one half hour, so you are [in a sense] better than Barack Obama [37:05]

Jen: My parents would have to agree with you.

Jeff: Are you slamming Barack? Is that a shot at Barack?

Jen: I’m not:

Jeff: ...Why are your parents upset with him?

Jen: They are just really strong Christians and they just think he does his own thing

Jeff: Well, he made that comment ...in 2008 and he was at a fund raiser...and he was talking about people who cling to their guns and religion...

Jen: My parents just think [President Obama] just makes decisions that do not support the Constitution [38:40].

--The “Morning Jen and Jeff “TV show

Jeff: I think we have good chemistry here for doing a TV show

Jen: Yup

Jeff: Seriously, just like what we are doing now, we are not spending a lot of time preparing for this, we are not polishing it,  ...It’s Jen and Jeff ...we cut it down to half an hour and we bring a guest on and place that guest between us and we just have a casual conversation-- and the guest could be closer to your specialty, but I think it would be good for you, me and that person to "mix it up," and then we bring on another guest, someone closer to my specialty (politics)

Jen: Yes, and I could ask the layman questions, for the people who don’t study politics...gosh, there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to carry on with everything that you are interested in.

Jeff: Well, you know there is a show on MSNBC called Morning Joe, have you ever heard of that show

Jen: I have heard of it [42:20]

Jeff: and it is with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was the National Security Advisor under Carter ...see, this kind of chemistry we have, you were  born in the Carter Adminstration—kind of like Mika [is the daughter of Carter's National Security Adviser], and Mika and Joe Scarborough have really good chemistry... and they have different backgrounds, and see, we are doing the same thing, and if we went to MSNBC, we could be so much less expensive than Mika and Joe, and possibly better because we are having a much more hip conversation...and you know the important demographic these days is the millenials, who are people under 34...sadly, you are a little outside the millennial category, but you are young.  Nevertheless, Jen, are you feeling "old,"  because you are not a millennial

--The Prime of Miss Jen Knoedl

Jen: you know what, I was just telling somebody the other day, total package, I have never been better.  Maybe I have been a little thinner

Jeff: Could you show us, could you stand up, or something? [44:08]

--Jen’s search for a man of true faith

Jen: ...I am on Christian mingle.com

Jeff: So, you are single and looking to mingle on Christianmingle.com

Jen: Or, get married. I don’t know that they have a “Christian married,” that would probably be too scary for people. [44:50]

Jen: ...Got on [Christian mingle] about a month ago...I have been single all my life...I really wanted a man that was accountable to God... a man that was looking to please someone more than he was looking to please himself

Jeff: And, you are not finding that kind of guy at Mother’s or Butch McGuires...

--Search for that “Loving Feeling,” and money in the Viagra Triangle

Jen: I’m not.  [But], I am more of a Mastro’s, Tavern [on Rush] kind of girl.  [46:40]   Tavern is in the Viagra Triangle

Jeff: ...How did the Viagra triangle get that name?

Jen: ...There are a lot of older, successful men who have money

Jeff: ...and who are looking for younger girls?

Jen: And younger girls who are looking for men who have money

Jeff: ...So [the Viagra Triangle is located between] Chicago and Division Streets on Rush Street...

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  • Thanks Jeff- you are a tough interview! ;)

    I really appreciate all the time and effort you put in to this post. You have a new fan in me!

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