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Raphael B. Johnson,
"The Dr. Phil" show is very popular down here in Texas, partly because Dr. Phil is a genuine Texan. He is on network TV every weekday afternoon, right before the news. I look at him and see an example of "being in the right place at the right time." Long a regular on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show', when the networks finally realized his overwhelming popularity, he was given his own show. He is big and imposing at over 6 feet, and not exactly skinny. He is a degreed psychologist, and what he has to say makes sense. But not any more sense than maybe 5,000 or 10,000 others like across the nation. But he has the same ingredient that has made Emeril Lagasse a hit with his own cooking show, that spark which allows him to connect with the audience. I like Dr. Phil, what he has to say makes sense, but I don't know if anything has been done to measure its success. Sometimes I lay awake at night, hearing his voice in my mind, in that thick, Texas drawl, "No wonder you're fat, you eat all day long. You just have to look at yourself in a mirror, and decide to quit eating those twinkies!"
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