CBS's emmy winning humorist and commentator Bill Geist was in Tulsa Thursday as a speaker for the Town Hall series.
The day was full of hunorous stories and one big surprise. As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells explains, Bill Geist came to town for a speech and left the Best Man.
His first job was to answer questions from a group of students from Bishop Kelly High School. Where do you get your stories? "Finding stories is the hard part of the job. We get alot of suggestions and the best ones come from people in small towns."
Stories like the mail jumpers of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. "The jusmpers are college students who have to audition to jump off the mail boat."
He entertained the Town Hall audience with stories about other stories he's done and they loved it. For a smaller group afterward there was lunch and an opportunity for questions and that would have been it, but as they say on the midway, folks, you aint' seen nothin' yet.
One of those questions was a surprise. Bill Geist:"Will you be my best man at City Hall today. I guess the answer is yes, if I miss my flight to Houston to do my next story I'll be in trouble but I think it's worth it don't you?"
A short time later, the groom Rick Clark and his best man were at the courthouse waiting for the judge. The bride was nervous, it was all happening so quickly. April Ford: "We've been planning but couldn't agree on anything, he said if Bill Geist will be my best man we'll do it." The groom bluffed you might say. Geist called it. Bill Geist:"I've known this couple for about ten minutes, they're great couple and I hope things will work out for them."
It was a simple ceremony, the best man held the flowers and the bride and groom held hands. â€œBy the power vested in me by the state of Oklahoma, I decalre you are husband and wife, you may kiss the bride."
Bill Geist came to town to speak and left the best man at a court house wedding. A full day I'd say.