Fans flock to Greenspan signing
Ex-fed chief draws 500 to book event
NEW YORK - It wasn't Bono, Tiger Woods, or the pope, but you wouldn't have known that from the throng of 500 people who flooded a Manhattan Barnes & Noble to get a gander at former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan.
The main event arrived a half hour early Monday night with his wife, NBC news correspondent Andrea Mitchell, characteristically keeping his head down.
That would not surprise anyone who has read Greenspan's new memoir, "The Age of Turbulence," in which he reveals that as a youth during the Depression he developed an enduring habit of searching beaches and sidewalks for lost coins.
Primed by a weekend of newsmaking television interviews by the former central banker, the crowd began building several hours early.
"I have followed him closely and I am impressed with him. He has a wealth of knowledge," said Emily Needell, who works for Clear Indexes LLC, a company that creates indexes for the investment industry.