Like every writer on the planet, I fantasized about appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show. But my Oprah adventure turned out to be unlike anything I ever imagined. Last spring, I had the amazing experience of writing The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy for Abrams. Of course, I knew that she was a living legend whose show was coming to an end, and that viewers and journalists the world over were questioning if life would have any meaning after the final episode aired on May 25, 2011. But I wasn’t a “regular” and hadn’t seen many shows – writers who work at home spend more time standing in front of the refrigerator than watching television. It wasn’t until after I started researching — and viewed twenty-five years of pivotal episodes –, that I truly understood what the fuss was about. Quite simply, Oprah transformed lives, and always for the better. Now, thanks to this project, it was about to change mine. I made many discoveries and learned many lessons during my feverish race to meet the deadline.