[Israel & Scoble with 1st copy of Naked Conversations--Photo By Buzz Bruggeman]
On Jan. 4, 2006, Scoble and I addressed a group of retail booksellers at CES. The evnt, sponsored by our publisher John Wiley & Sons would be our first of well over 50 talks and media interviews the two of us did together over the last year.
I got to the event earlier than anyone else. When one of the Wiley folk opened the first crate of our books--drop shipped the night before from the printer, I was handed the first book.
It was a far bigger thrill than I had anticipated. Only two groups of people can relate--other authors and new parents. It is really quite overwhelming. I wandered around the downstairs at New York, New York Hotel and just walked into Scoble. I didn't say a word. I just handed him the book. He stared at it for a long moment with a great deal of reverence. He looked at our names on the cover, at our pictures on the back flap. He thumbed through the pages, randomly reading a graph here and there. He sort of hugged it, then handed it back to me.
It was one of the best moments of a great many best moments over the last year. Later, our pal Buzz Bruggeman, who played a key role in bringing Scoble and I together caught up with us and took this photo. It remains one of my favorites, although it doesn't quite caych the joy that was in our hearts.