back to the The Tonight Show, I'm
your host, Chung Lao.
mark the one year anniversary of the passing of Blessan Samuel,
Vinod has interviewed Blessan's brother, Benson for
The Tonight Show.
at 6'2, Benson Samuel, the starting forward for the Houston
Rockets, poses a significant threat to all interior defenses in
the league. Reports are filtering in about a new Batman-Robin
Benson/Stanley, and a new Houston dynasty. What is up with
this un-abashed smack you say? Surely you are making this
all up......Well, here it is from the mouth of Batman
is coming home with the trophy, NO DOUBT!!"
but seriously, IPF
Benson to be a down to earth, laid back kind of guy, and very
willing to help out........except when it comes to sending in
interviews, cough.... This is a cool guy, just don't get on
his bad side.
March 14, 2004
Please provide your full name:
Your month and year of birth: December 22 1982
What do you enjoy in your spare
Play sports or
What city do you live in
What church do you attend in Texas?
New Testament Church
What is your occupational title? Student
What industry do you work in?
I want to go into education
What college did you attend? University of Houston
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (The first 10 are about Blessan)
What was the last conversation you remember having with
your brother Blessan? If it is not to personal in nature can
you tell everyone what you discussed?
Benson: Well, I took him to the airport, and told him to have a good
trip and gave him a hug.
When you and Blessan were kids, was there a particular
incident in which either you and Blessan got in trouble
together or something you did that Blessan got in trouble for
or did he ever do something that you got in trouble for?
I get started, it would be hard to stop. We didnít get into
big trouble, but we always got into something.
Vinod: God has granted you one week to spend with Blessan and has
given all the money you need to do whatever you want.
Starting from Monday ending at Sunday, please provide a quick
itinerary of what you are going to do each day.
Well we would do a lot of stuff. Go eat at BW3, watch a
Texans game at the new stadium. He really wanted to see
that. Go see Yao Ming play. Watch the Astros not makes the
playoffs. Spend a lot of time at home with mom and dad. And
he would want to hang out with his friends.
Among the remaining members in your immediate family, who
seems to be hurting the most (if anyone) and how is that
person coping with the pain ?
would say my mom. She had a real close bond with him. But my
dad hurts a lot too cause thatís there first born. They had a
lot of love for him.
Vinod: How often do you do the following:
- Thinking about Blessan
When donít I.
- Visit his grave site.
Whenever I need to talk to
him, ill go see him.
- Find yourself being distracted through out the day.
Vinod: What did you and Blessan enjoy doing together?
Well, I have to say that he was the one that coached me in
playing basketball. We used to go across the street and play
when we were little. He showed me how to shoot and lay up and
dribble. He also told me not to try to be too fancy and too
not run my mouth. We could always go play ball together. I
remember I used to let him win sometimes, because I didnít
want him to feel like he was getting older.
Vinod: How many children did Blessan want?
Vinod: What was his long term and short term goals?
Well, he was really involved with the church, he wanted to
see all the kids in church doing good. His long term goal was
to settle down get married and have a good job. His short
term goal was to finish his masters degree (which he did).
THE NEXT SET OF QUESTIONS ARE DIRECTED
Vinod: In the great state of Texas, what restaurants are the
best places to
get the following food items:
- Buffalo Wings BW3 Steaks Texas Land and Cattle
I don't know, but the bakery has some good
- Chicken Curry My house
Vinod: How often do you do the following:
your mouth with your hands and run whenever you see an
your teeth (daily)?
uncontrollably when you see George W Bush talk? Never
- Fill you car up with
Once a week
- Burn music from web
sites? Once in a while
- When there is an Amber
alert, you actually go around your neighborhood
looking to Speak to someone in Malayalam? Whenever the person
driving on the Expressways, you invite people to pull over to
Man I do a lot of stupid stuff on the
Vinod: Read the following statements and based on your
either a true or false answer.
- O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson ( I can't
let this die) True Scot Peterson killed Laci Peterson
- Texas kills too many people False
- Gloria Samuel is a talented young lady TRUE
- The team that was coming from Texas to the NTC
tournament had a chance
at the finals.
- Justin Thomas needs a mental health break
- While in Texas, Chris George used the word
conglomerate properly as
required by the rules you guys set.
True, and it was funny!
- Glenn Thomas is a closet party
Vinod: Please provide the winner of the following match ups
and a small reason as to why the person you have chosen would
be the winner. The only weapon allowed is chappals (slippers)
and the time limit is 5 minutes.
- Paul Moses from DC versus Keith from Philadelphia:
Keith for sure, he
got's the size on Paul, he just has to get
him to the ground and start hitting him.
- Glen Thomas (DC) versus Justin Thomas (DC)
sorry Justin, your
- Roy (Texas) versus Sam George (NY) I would have to
say Roy being
bias to my hometown! :)
- Brother Greg versus Brother Mathew:
would win hands
down, he played football back in his high
- Josh (Chicago) versus Bro Joe:
This one would be
close, only because
Bro Joe has a bum knee, I give it to Josh.
- Saddam Hussein versus George W: George W because he
a Texan and we already beat him.
- Bush Sr versus Bush Jr: I think Bush Sr. was better
- Benji (Gloria Samuel's brother) versus Steven:
have to go for Benji because he was my Sunday School student.
Vinod: What is most likely to happen:
- The Dallas Mavericks win an NBA title or they
eliminate SARS in the United
States completely. Neither,
Dallas has too many soft guys, they need
- A malayalee purchases a Toyota Camry or the New
York Yankees win the championship
A Toyota for sure, we got 2.
- A malayalee refuses to drink hot tea or a malayalee
purchases a Toyota
Buys a camry.
- A malayalee apachan burps in front of people or the
same appachan opens
his kali in front of people. haha,
both, they don't really care
- San Antonio Spurs take out the Los Angeles Lakers or
the NTC Amityville
church song service sounds like Brooklyn
Antonio takes out LA.
Vinod: What activities are you involved in church?
Sunday School Teacher, Play drums and congas.
Vinod: Who is one person that you admire? Why?
really don't know anymore. It used to be Michael Jordan but
my looks on life have changed. Ill get back to you on this.
Vinod: Answer the following:
- Where was JFK assassinated? Dallas
- Which present day US President was the Governor of
- What was Bush's GPA while attending Harvard
University? I'm guessing
above a 3.0
- What is Texas's law on carrying a concealed weapon?
You can carry if u have
Vinod: Please answer Yes or No, on the following questions,
- Has anyone followed you? No
- Do you notice people staring at you? Not too much,
- While traveling has security personnel asked you to
take your shoes off? All
Vinod: What was your most fondest memory of NTC youth camp ?
What is a
memory you don't care to remember?
Well, honestly, I never been to a NTC youth camp, so I will
pass on this question.
Vinod: Do you have annoying
What has this person
done to annoy
you? And how do you deal with the person?
Well honestly, I really don't let people really annoy me. If
they do, I just step back and stay away from them.
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