Awards & Nominations
When they give you the Emmy (the name, according to Webster's, is short for Image Orthicon, a vacuum tube developed in the 1940s for use in TV cameras. Kinda takes some of the romance out of the whole process, doesn't it?) ... anyway, when they hand you the statuette, it doesn't have your name or any information on it; this is so no one can learn who's won what before the awards are given. They (correctly) assume that, once you've been handed the Emmy, the only way they'll get it back is to pry it from your cold, dead fingers, so, rather than attempting that, they send you the engraved black band in a month or so, along with instructions on how to put it on the statue.
I am not terribly adept with tools; the words I dread reading most when buying something new (or receiving a major award) are Some Assembly Required. Nevertheless, I gamely followed the instructions -- and promptly stripped the screw that held on the base.
Fortunately, I was working for Disney TV Animation at the time, whose offices were in the Televsion Academy Plaza. I gave my pathetic, disassembed Emmy to the guy at the desk; he tossed it in a closet and handed me a new statue, on which he'd deftly screwed my personalized band. I left the building thinking how many people would commit matricide to have just one of the pile of defective awards in that closet.
So, the Emmy I have is not the one that I won. I'm not sure what that means, if anything; I just thought I'd share it with you.
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