http://www.howardstern.com Term Paper - a blog by Gary Dell'Abate Booking a big guest is without a doubt the most gratifying part of my job. Itâ€™s like hitting a walk off HR or scoring a touchdown in OT. When it all goes right itâ€™s truly the most amazing feeling. I thought Iâ€™d give you background in to what was involved in bringing in two of the biggest guests in the history of the show. Paul McCartney Jackie the Joke Man used to have a funny saying about trying to get a hot chick that was out of your league. He used to call it a â€œterm projectâ€ meaning that it was going to take a long time and quite a bit of work. I started using that term for some guests that I really wanted to land. The first person to get that tag from me was Paul McCartney. Every year I would get the task from Robin of putting on Howardâ€™s birthday show. We would meet and she would lay this list on me that looked more like the line up for the Kennedy Center Honors. But we agreed early on that it didnâ€™t hurt to ask. We knew weâ€™d get a lot of noâ€™s but if we got lucky with one yes it would be worth it. McCartney was on that list. I called his publicist the first time and was told to fax my request. That is the kiss of death for me because itâ€™s a very nice blow off. It means weâ€™ll toss your fax on a pile and never look at it. Still I dutifully sent the fax every year. After about the third year, I met a guy who knew a guy who worked in McCartneyâ€™s lawyerâ€™s office. His name was Bill and I was told he was a big fan. I called him and we had a great conversation. He loved Howard and I think he got a rush out of the fact that Baba Booey called him. At the time Howard was crushing Paul on the air pretty bad. We may have been playing the Linda McCartney singing tapes at the time (which we later received a Cease and Desist to stop) Where Bill sat in the McCartney food chain, I had no idea BUT I now had another hook in the water. So I would call Bill two or three times a year and we would just chat. Bill would say, â€œI would love to talk to Paul but Howard is killing himâ€ and I would say that it was all comedy and no harm was meant. If Paul came in and busted Howard on it, it would be a love fest! No luck. Then something significant and sad happened. Linda got sick and she passed away. Howard had seen a special on TV about Paul & Lindaâ€™s love story and raved on the air how special a love they had. I made a cassette (yes this was the 90â€™s) and got it right over to Bill. Every time Howard would say nice stuff, I would get Bill a cassette. This went on for another year and a half. Then one day Bill called me and said that he had played many of those cassettes for Paul and that Paul was grateful for Howardâ€™s kind words. And a few months later, when I saw Paul was doing press and I called Bill he said yesâ€¦.Paul McCartney had agreed to do the Howard Stern Show. I hung up the phone and made a gesture much like Kirk Gibson did when he hit the walk off home run in that World Series game and yelled â€œYessssss!!!â€ That was about 10 years after my first call to someone in the McCartney organization. My term paper had been completed. Paul came in and Howard was just amazing. They were great together. They talked about Paul & Linda, how Paul wrote some of the greatest songs of our lives and even chatted about John Lennon and Yoko. It was immediately a legendary appearance for any Stern fan. But few of the fans, even many on the staff had no idea what went in to getting him in.