And I thought these guys had editorial standards
And I thought these guys had editorial standards

I have a hard-won theory on honors and awards: You win the ones you don’t deserve and don’t get the ones you think you should.
As if to prove the front half of that, the good folks at NBC DFW recently named me one of “The 25 Most Interesting People in Dallas / Fort Worth.”
In reality, they were pulling an old magazine trick — they really wanted to write about Pegasus News; used the magazine-y list format as an excuse to do so; and pegged it around me because I’m the person most commonly associated with the organization.
Its a major award!
"It's a major award!"

Don’t get me wrong — I won’t pretend for a second that it didn’t make my week. As April’s fond of pointing out, my Leonine ego loves nothing better than public recognition of almost any kind. And I’m happy to pretend that I belong on a list of this ilk, even when I’m as baffled as some radio DJs who covered the thing and paused to ask “Who the @#&%! is Mike Orren?”
This reminds me a bit of when our newly-launched Texas Gigs site won an EPpy award seemingly mere moments after we launched. If we’d had any money I would have accused someone of bribing the judges. The flipside, of course, was the frustration and indignation when we didn’t get other cash-prize awards we foolishly thought we were due (and desperately needed) further down the road.
The other lesson here: I really need some decent photos taken. My headshot is horrible, and I don’t have any decent candids either. The NBC folk had to go to Flickr, and even then the pickings were slim.

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.