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Publisher's Summary

In this entertaining memoir, the irrepressible Regis Philbin - consummate talk show host, man about town, loving husband, father, and yes, obsessive sports fan - looks back at his years in show business. How I Got This Way is filled with stories of lessons learned with extraordinary, and often unsuspecting, teachers: David Letterman, Donald Trump, Jack Nicholson; three legendary Notre Dame coaches; and, of course, longtime cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly ‘Pippa’ Ripa, as well as his own lovely wife, Joy.
Whether he’s revealing what really drove him “bonkers” on the set of Seinfeld, how he survived the first known bomb scare on live TV, or poignant memories of his last moments with his idol and dear friend, Jack Paar, Regis packs every page with his signature heart, wit, dynamic energy, and gratitude for everything life has brought him.
©2011 Philbin enterprises, Inc. (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By lynda on 12-24-12


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

well, i was so looking forward to listening to it but as it turns out, to me, reege is not a very good story teller--at times it was tedious and on several occasions i thought about deleting it--i wanted to hear more about his family, etc--i would recommend it but with reservations

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

i would have had someone with more aptitude in story telling--

What aspect of Regis Philbin’s performance would you have changed?

just his monotone and just his lack of enthusiasim for his life's story

Could you see How I Got This Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no, i don't see it and nobody could physically play reege but reege

Any additional comments?

i think he is a good television host and i love watching him with kelly--

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4 out of 5 stars
By Litlepapoose on 08-07-12

Entertaining, and well told

Enjoyable book, perhaps not as enjoyable but because I am unfamiliar with many of the people Philbin speaks about. Not as extensive as other bios, but entertaining nonetheless. Positive outlook of Philbin makes this an inspirational read that will leave you happy and uplifted.

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