Our first interview with John G. Miller, the winner of Governor Palin’s red Going Rogue jacket was conducted December 22, 2009. Governor Palin arranged for the jacket to be auctioned via the Laura Ingraham show with all proceeds benefitting jacket in an online auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House. Last week Mr. Miller received the jacket, following his $57,000 winning bid. Ron Devito, Editor and Publisher, US for Palin conducted a follow-up interview in which John and Karen Miller described their experience receiving the jacket:
Devito: Where were you when the box arrived?
Miller: Right here in the house. Came by FedEx and I quickly took a picture. See attached. 😉
Devito: Where was Karen?
Miller: Out running errands, I called her!
Devito: Who opened the box?
Miller: I waited for her and we opened it together.
Devito: Describe what it was like to pick that box up, open it, see its contents and now hold this jacket that once clothed Governor Palin…that jacket which is featured on the cover of Going Rogue…worn at a spot (Hatcher Pass) which is of great personal significance to her….
Miller: It was somewhat surreal. Not just that Sarah had worn it but that a million book buyers now have the picture of that jacket in their home on the book cover and yet the jacket now resides in the Miller house. Anytime a celeb has worn something we tend to feel it’s special, and yet – it’s just a tiny, very light weight bright red coat!
Devito: How did Karen feel slipping into that jacket?
Miller: It seemed so tiny since it’s an extra small and felt so light. I handed it to her and almost said the wrong thing as a husband, something like, “Can you fit into that?!” Well, I bit my tongue and my adorable wife of 30 years (pics attached) put it on and IT FIT MY 5′ TALL WIFE PERFECTLY!!! I mean, seriously, it was like it was tailored for Karen!
Devito: Did anything else special arrive with the jacket?
Miller: A delightful note handwritten on her letterhead came from Laura Ingraham so we’ll be keeping that, too!
Devito: When we last left off, Outstanding: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional was to be released January 1, 2010. Now, 11 days post-release, how is Outstanding doing?
Miller: Ron, thanks for asking. It’s going great. Common sense ideas that work. I’ve already had people ask me when are we going to send copies to Congress! You can preview Outstanding, and I have a complete website devoted to the book and its concepts.
Devito: Anything you wish to add?
Miller: Yes. As exciting as it is to own Sarah’s jacket, it’s more important to keep in mind where the $57,000 went: To Wounded Warriors and The Fisher House. Those injured vets need our support!
Mr. Miller will be on the air with LaDonna Hale Curzon, Executive Producer and Host, Sarah Palin Radio on January 18, 2010, at 1930 (7:30 PM) EST, following Governor Palin’s interview with Ms. Curzon at 1900 (7 PM) EST. Click the link or the logo to tune in. Archives play 24 x 7.