We’re Going to Make You a Star

We're Going to Make You a StarWe’re Going to Make You a Star

Submitter: [This book] was in our collection and requested via [interlibrary loan]. We opted to withdraw it rather than send it along. How embarrassing! Love the television.

Holly: The TV has a handle on it!

This is the biography of Sally Quinn, a journalist for the Washington Post. She was moved from a career in print to the CBS morning show so that their network had a rival to Barbara Walters. Of course, she was an overnight sensation with all the usual haters saying she was “bitchy” and “slept her way to the top” (according to a Goodreads review, anyway. I didn’t read the book.)

If your patrons still read it and you have space for it, that’s great…but you probably don’t, so just go ahead and weed it. 😉


  1. Why was the book withdrawn before fulfilling the interlibrary loan request? It seems to me that someone wanted to read it and it could have been withdrawn after loaning it. What is so embarrassing about this book?

    1. I wondered the same thing. There could have been a specific reason why this person wanted to read this particular book.

      1. Maybe the patron was requesting a book on the latest developments in career opportunities in television/media and they didn’t look at the description. Maybe the librarian looked at their request and offered a better and modern alternative.

        Or the information entered into the database was wrong (like the year it was published).

        That’s what I think anyway.

  2. I was wondering a bit about that as well. Sure, the book is old but, with the Me Too movement underway, there are plenty of reasons someone might want to take a look at it.
    I handled ILL for about 15 years. The only reasons we ever refused a request was if the book was too fragile to travel or rare.

    1. I would have been upset if I had requested it through ILL, and it wasn’t fulfilled for that reason. Fragile books are one thing.

  3. Yeah, the thing to do in this case, I’d think, would be to send the book to the requester with a note that it need not be returned!

  4. I don’t about “bitchy”, but according to Wiki, Quinn made an inappropriate comment about child labor in California migrant farm workers community. She said, “was how I felt when my mother and father made me clean up my room.” I think farm work involves more than picking up toys and dirty clothes off the floor. Wiki didn’t list a reference to the quote

    Supposedly she made other such ad-libs or jabs during her television reporting. According to Wiki, Quinn left the job, but its possible (from my thinking) that CBS got worried about what her comments and either terminated/threaten to terminate/asked to tone it down. Whatever happened behind the scenes, it ultimately ended Quinn’s job with CBS.


  5. Yeah, I’m confused. If someone wanted the book, why not get it too them? Do we decide when people can and can’t have a book they need? Give them what they want! Interested to know why it was weeded to. Why is it embarrassing?

  6. In defense of the library not sending it out: maybe it was in pretty bad shape. I’ve got a book in hand that has had photos razored out, pages ripped out, and binding wrecked. I’m not lending it out. And maybe there are lots of other copies in the ILL network–there are copies all over of the Quinn book

  7. If the book wasn’t in terrible shape (which, as noted above, would be an OK reason not to send it along via ILL), I think it’s dreadful to decide not to send it via ILL to the requester. Sure, the requester may have thought they were getting a useful modern resource. But what if they were seeking it out for its in-the-past POV–to contrast it with ‘now,’ to see what things were like ‘back then,’ and the like? I agree that weeding it is absolutely fine, but AFTER it is returned by the person who took it out. Wow, I’d be cross.

  8. Well, this was published before I was born (just), and I certainly know who Barbara Walters is, but I don’t recall this Sally Quinn.

    I am another who is sad for the requester that he or she didn’t get to see this book.

  9. I am 39 & an avid watcher of CNN, yet I certainly do NOT ever remember hearing about this woman before- or if I did, either it was years ago OR her name quickly slipped my mind.

  10. People request books for all kinds of reasons. It could be that the requester wants primary sources/first-hand accounts by women TV commentators of the 70’s. I remember having this book in my library’s collection.

Comments are closed.