Anderson Cooper gets obsessed with food dishes and TV shows. “Right now it’s pesto pasta and Primer Impacto,” says the popular CNN anchor, referring to a Spanish-language tabloid news show on Univision. “I don’t speak Spanish but I enjoy watching. It’s very glitzy and there’s a daily astrological forecast by a guy named Walter Mercado that I tune in for regularly. I don’t know what he’s saying but he’s very dramatic and looks like a cross between Menudo and Liberace.” The host of Anderson Cooper 360°doesn’t exactly speak Canadian either-he hasn’t spent much time up here, he says-but the 37-year-old New Yorker and son of designer/socialite Gloria Vanderbilt has signed on as a special commentator for a new MuchMoreMusic series, Back In ... (starting Aug. 20). Each episode looks back at the fads, music, fashion, personalities and news events of a particular year, covering 1980 to 1994. While Cooper’s role is to give witty
sound bites on the year’s biggest news
story-be it the discovery of the Titanic
wreckage, John Lennon’s murder or the I ran-Iraq war-he takes a few jabs
at pop culture obsessions past and present. “We’re so inundated with it all the time and we’re told to believe
that it’s important and serious-and frankly it’s not. All the magazines at the time were telling us that this is cool and this is what we should wear and you look back and think, ‘Wait a minute, how did I possibly get hoodwinked into that?’ ” So what did he get hoodwinked into? “Well,” says Cooper, “I was listen-
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